Gov. Jay Nixon's Veto Challenged

A Colorado gun rights organization has joined the effort to override the veto of a Missouri bill that would have disregarded federal gun laws in the Show Me State.

There will be an attempt to override the governor’s veto of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Legislature’s veto session, which convenes Sept. 11.

The National Association of Gun Rights of Windsor, Colo., said it will reach hundreds of thousands of Missourians in its campaign.

The governor’s veto opens “the door for the Obama administration to sidestep Congress and allow existing and future legislation to be imposed in Missouri without the consent of the state,” a news release from the organization states.

“NAGR will not stand on the sidelines and let Gov. Nixon get a pass on his anti-freedom, anti-gun agenda,” said Dudley Brown, NAGR executive vice president.

The news release also states that NAGR has three million members and supporters and is “America’s fastest-growing and most effective grassroots gun rights organization.”

It plans to reach Missourians through direct mail, email, social media, Internet ads and phone calls.

The bill said federal laws that infringe on people’s rights to bear arms are null and void in Missouri.

It also said that federal officials who attempt to infringe on law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

In a letter accompanying his veto, Nixon wrote that the bill violated the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution. The governor wrote that the supremacy clause gives precedence to the laws of a nation over individual states.

State Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, said he does not think Missouri should roll over at the federal government’s command. He said he supports doing what is best for Missouri and that he wants to protect the rights of lawful gun owners.

If the veto is overridden, Hinson said he thinks someone will file a lawsuit over the bill. A legal battle may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, he said.

State Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, also hopes the Legislature will override the governor’s veto of the bill.

But Schatz noted that there are 109 Republicans in the House, which is the exact number of votes required to override a veto.

He said he expects the vote to override the veto will be along party lines, which means even if one Republican House member is out sick it could jeopardize the vote. It will be hard for Democrats to oppose the governor from their own party, Schatz noted.

State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, and State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, have previously said they support the bill and feel there is a good chance lawmakers can override the veto next month.