Representatives for St. Louis and St. Louis County did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The law says all federal actions “that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms … shall be invalid to this state.”
The law bars local and state police officers from enforcing federal laws that run afoul of the new state law, subjecting political subdivisions to $50,000 fines.
In court, Alan Simpson, assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, filed a brief siding with St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County.
He called the law “legally invalid” under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause; Schmitt’s office argued it wasn’t because the clause “in and of itself, does not confer a private right of action on Plaintiffs.”
In an affidavit, Frederic Wilson, special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the new law had already impaired working relationships between local, state and federal authorities.
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He said that of 53 federally deputized local and state officers, 12 are no longer working on ATF task forces, at least partially because of the Second Amendment Preservation Act, Wilson said.
The agencies distancing themselves from the federal government include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which took three troopers off task forces, and the O’Fallon, Columbia and Sedalia police departments, as well as the Johnson County Sheriff, Wilson said.
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