Missouri Senate fails to override gun legislation veto

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Senate failed Wednesday night to override a veto that would have modified the state's existing laws on firearms.

The legislation, referred to as the "Second Amendment Preservation Act," passed earlier this year in both the Missouri House and Senate but ran into a roadblock when Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the act.

"As a gun owner and supported of the Second Amendment, I applaud the bipartisan vote in the Senate to sustain my veto of this unnecessary, unconstitutional and unsafe nullification bill," Nixon said in a news statement.

Earlier Wednesday, Missouri House members gathered enough votes to override the governor's veto, setting the stage for a showdown in the senate.

Needing a super-majority to override the veto, the final tally to override the veto was 22-12. Twenty-three votes were needed to override the veto.

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