The Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today applauded the defeat of a dangerous gun nullification bill as it was filibustered in the final minutes of the Senate. HB 1439 would have nullified federal public safety laws, weakening law enforcement’s ability to fight crime and keep Missouri communities safe. Moms worked throughout the legislative session to defeat the bill, testifying at public hearings in opposition and urging their legislators to vote against it.
With just over 15 minutes left in the 2014 legislative session, the House suspended the rules and passed HB 1439 over the objection of many in the chamber, sending it to the Senate for final passage. Senator Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City), in her final moments in the legislature, led a filibuster that killed the nullification bill’s chances for final passage, protecting Missouri families and communities and preventing wasted taxpayer dollars from litigating the constitutionality of the measure.
“This bill would have made communities all across our state less safe by taking away critical tools our police officers rely upon to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Melissa Brooks, Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action in Missouri. “Thank goodness our lawmakers decided to stand with law enforcement and families, and not with criminals and the Washington gun lobby.”
Earlier today, members of Moms Demand Action condemned the legislature’s passage of dangerous guns-in-schools legislation that would allow school boards to arm teachers and would prevent parents from finding out if someone is carrying a gun in their children’s classrooms. Moms Demand Action urged Governor Jay Nixon to veto the bill.