St. Louis Sues to Block the Missouri Law Preventing Enforcement of Federal Gun Statutes

The Old Court House surrounded by downtown St. Louis. (digidreamgrafix/Getty Images)

The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County are suing to block a new Missouri law that bars local authorities from enforcing federal gun laws, in a lawsuit filed in Cole County Circuit Court on Monday.

Governor Mike Parson signed the law earlier this month, implementing a penalty of up to $50,000 on any law-enforcement officer who knowingly enforces federal gun laws. Republicans have praised the legislation as a potential shield if the Biden administration attempts to expand gun-control measures, and several other states have enacted similar legislation.

St. Louis County executive Sam Page and St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones, both Democrats, countered that the law could hinder efforts to curb gun violence.

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