JEFFERSON CITY — An attorney for St. Louis County expressed alarm during a Thursday court hearing about a new state law targeting federal gun laws, saying the measure had already caused police departments to consider disbanding after officers worked with federal agents.
Heidi Leopold, associate county counselor St. Louis County, told Circuit Judge Dan Green “we’re talking about lost prosecutions, lost investigations, lost arrests, lost gun seizures,” during arguments over whether the judge should issue a preliminary injunction to block the law, called the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”
Green didn’t take any action Thursday and said he intended to rule within a week.
The measure drew some of the most heated debate during this year’s legislative session. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed the GOP-backed bill in June, prompting the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, led by Democrats, to sue.
The law says all federal actions “that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms … shall be invalid to this state.”
Opponents have said the law will threaten crime-fighting initiatives between local, state and federal agencies.
It bars local and state police officers from enforcing federal laws that run afoul of the state law, subjecting political subdivisions to $50,000 fines.
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