The Republican-led senate of Missouri failed to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority vote to override the veto of a bill which would have nullified recent gun control regulations, according to USA Today (read the full article here).

The legislation declared that “any federal policies that ‘infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms’ shall be invalid in Missouri” and would have allowed Missouri officials to slap state misdemeanor charges on any federal authority attempting to enforce such laws within their state.

The bill would have also nullified part of the federal Gun Control Act of 1939, which imposes a tax on the transfer of machine guns and silencers, and invalidated any federal law requiring “fees, tracking or registration of firearms or ammunition that ‘could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens.’”

Even if passed, the bill would have elicited immediate lawsuits from activist organizations, such as The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Missouri Press Association, challenging the constitutionality of the bill with regard to “the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives precedence to federal laws over conflicting state ones.”