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National group promises lawsuit if lawmakers override gun control veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A national group is vowing to sue if Missouri legislators enact a law allowing criminal charges against federal agents who attempt to enforce federal gun-control laws.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said Wednesday that it is prepared to sue if the Missouri Legislature overrides Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill. Lawmakers were convening Wednesday to decide on the veto override.

The legislation attempts to nullify federal policies that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms." It allows state misdemeanor charges against federal authorities who try to enforce those laws or against anyone who publishes the identity of a gun owner.

The Brady Center says the measure violates constitutional provisions protecting free-speech and declaring federal laws supreme over conflicting state measures.

 

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