In just a couple of weeks, Joe Biden’s war against law abiding gun owners will fall flat on it’s face in Missouri, as the legislature passed the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA) last Friday!
As the Political Director for the Missouri Firearms Coalition, I’ve had the pleasure of spearheading this fight in Jeff City for the last two years and was on the ground last week when the bill received its final floor votes in the House and Senate.
Assuming that Governor Mike Parson signs the bill into law, gun owners in Missouri will never again have to worry about Missouri troopers, sheriff’s deputies, or city cops enforcing Biden’s executive actions or anti-gun legislation — because doing so will be illegal!
What’s more, should a liberal mayor in Missouri decide to violate Missouri’s SAPA law, individual gun owners will be allowed to sue that department in civil court for injunctive relief.
The minimum fine that a department would face is $50,000 for each time that they violate SAPA law and try to enforce federal gun control!
This legislation is the BEST of its kind anywhere in America and it’s about to become law in Missouri because the lawmakers there listened loud and clear to gun owners who demanded action on this critical legislation.
The real question is, why won’t Iowa politicians fight to defend our freedoms the way that the legislature has done in Missouri?
After all, our otherwise excellent gun laws won’t count for much here in Iowa if Joe Biden is able to take a sledge-hammer to them at the federal level. And without the Second Amendment Preservation Act in place, that’s exactly what will happen!
As you’ve heard before, SAPA legislation is based off of the anti-commandeering doctrine and states that where federal and state laws contradict, the federal government may not ‘commandeer’ state and local resources and demand their assistance in enforcing federal law.
We’ve seen this play out over the last decade when it comes to the laws surrounding marijuana. While federal law makes it a crime to possess marijuana, a large number of states have passed their own laws on the subject and are refusing the enforce federal laws.
We saw this for four long years under President Trump’s time in office, as he sought to deport violent illegal aliens, a large number of ‘blue’ states and cities refused to cooperate with the federal government and created ‘sanctuaries’ for those criminals.
What’s more, the Supreme Court has ruled on this concept repeatedly, from the 1700’s through 2018, consistently upholding the constitutionality of state’s asserting their own sovereignty when their laws disagree with federal laws.
It’s clear that the Iowa legislature has the constitutional, legal, and moral right to pass the Second Amendment Preservation Act — the only question is whether or not they have the political guts to do it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of watching states all around the nation pass solid gun laws, while we have to wait for years for our own legislature to catch up.
We were one of the last ‘red’ states in America to pass ‘Shall Issue’ in 2010. Well over half of America had enacted some form of Stand-Your-Ground law before we did, in 2017. And Constitutional Carry was in place in well over half of the ‘red’ states in the country, before we finally finished that fight earlier this year.
We can’t afford to let the legislature kick the can on SAPA legislation. With Joe Biden in the White House, the stakes are simply too high. The politicians in Des Moines MUST act on this right away.
And they can, too. We have had this bill (House File 518) introduced since session began and by using a ‘leadership bill’ the bill can be yanked out of committee and voted on before the legislature adjourns for the year.
So please contact your elected officials in Des Moines using our automated system and urge them to take action on H.F. 518 this year!
Perhaps the only benefit to Joe Biden being in office right now is that it’s forcing Republican majorities at the state level to stand up and fight for gun owners in a major way this year.
The question is, will the politicians here in Iowa do the same thing?
Iowa Gun Owners
P.S. Our sister organization to the south, the Missouri Firearms Coalition, just got their Second Amendment Preservation Act passed through their legislature last Friday!
Assuming the Governor signs it, gun owners in Missouri will never have to worry about Joe Biden’s war against the Second Amendment there, as it would be ILLEGAL for local peace officers to enforce it!
The politicians in Des Moines can provide these protections for gun owners in Iowa, too, by passing House File 518 before they adjourn.
Tell the Politicians in Des Moines to Pass SAPA!
And once you’ve sent your email, please donate to Iowa Gun Owners. We spent years and a great amount of money educating gun owners about Constitutional Carry and focusing their pressure onto the legislature. We need to do the same thing to be able to pass SAPA.