Mon. Jul 26th, 2021

Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair

Southeast Missourian file

Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair said Monday he has “concerns” about what he terms “the unintended consequences” of a bill signed over the weekend by Gov. Mike Parson prohibiting enforcement of federal gun laws by local law enforcement officials.

Parson signed the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” on Saturday after both chambers of the General Assembly passed it easily in mid-May.

The Missouri Senate passed the legislation 22-10 on May 13, with Sen. Holly Rehder (R-27) voting “yes.”

The Missouri House gave the bill approval a day later, 111-42, with area representatives Jamie Burger, Rick Francis, Barry Hovis and Wayne Wallingford all voting in the affirmative.