JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are deciding whether to take the first shot in a potential legal battle with the federal government over gun control laws.
The Republican-led Legislature was to consider Wednesday whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that attempts to nullify certain federal gun laws. The bill also allows state criminal charges against federal agents who attempt to enforce those laws, or against anyone who publishes a gun owner's identity.
The Democratic governor has said the bill could violate the U.S. Constitution.
Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster also has raised concerns about the potential ramifications of a veto override. He says a court likely would strike down the nullification provision but could leave intact other sections that could prevent local police from cooperating with federal authorities.
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