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Missouri bill would block new gun controls despite executive orders

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A box of 9mm bullets sits on display at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) A box of 9mm bullets sits on display at the 35th annual SHOT Show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.

Obama was to announce the measures Wednesday at a White House event that will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting of 20 young students and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.

But before the president's plan even reaches Congress, a Missouri lawmaker wants to make sure parts of it can't be enforced in Missouri and make it a felony to do so.

Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, believes the president could use executive order to restrict access to firearms.

Guernsey wants Missouri to be exempt from any federal gun control law. He says that is punishing the people who own and use guns responsibly.

Guernsey got the idea from Wyoming lawmakers who have taken up a measure that says the federal government cannot take away a state's rights for its citizens to bear arms.

In his bill, Guernsey says it be unlawful for Missouri authorities or firearms dealers to enforce any federal law relating to a personal gun or accessories.

They would be guilty of a Class D felony.

"This legislation needs to be enacted, and I think other states need to as well ... to assert their 10th Amendment rights for self government and being independent on issues that are not for control of the federal government and certainly gun control is not one of those issues," Guernsey said.

Guernsey said the bill has to make it through a committee before it's up for floor debate.

He says it won't have a problem passing because there is a Republican majority in Missouri's House and Senate.

So far, several other legislators have co-signed the bill, all of them are Republicans.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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