(VIDEO) Missouri Senate Proposing Armed ‘Minutemen of the State’

A member of Oath Keepers stands guard over a building during the Ferguson (Missouri) Riots during 2014.

The official motto of Missouri is β€œSalus Populi Suprema Lex Esto”, which is Latin for β€œLet the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”

If you ask me, that’s a pretty kick-ass motto. Just a guess on my part, but I’ll bet that former Marine and current Missouri State Senator Bill White probably agrees with me.

After all, he’s the author of the Senate Bill 528, popularly known as the Minutemen of the State bill.

If made into law, this would be another tool in the governor’s toolbox if a “civilization-threatening event” should happen to present itself.

Under the auspices of Missouri’s Department of Public Safety, the governor must first gain two-thirds approval of the state’s General Assembly before activating the modern-day Minutemen.

As far as these folks being a last ditch effort, be it known that they, not the state, would have to supply their own “firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, uniforms, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform any duties as assigned by the governor.”

If brought into being, membership is completely voluntary as well as the Dept. of Public Safety being the only ones who knows the members names and addresses. Perhaps to emphasize the point, anyone who makes membership known to the general public “shall be subject to a one thousand dollar fine per each name that is disclosed and a class E felony.”

Speaking of saddling-up with this crew, a member can resign at anytime. The only exception is that the individual is good to go until the moment the governor attaining permission of the Lower Chamber and then ordering the Minutemen activated.

One other interesting point, if activated, the members weapons, ammo, etc., “shall be property of the state for purposes of sovereignty and jurisdiction” while on active state duty. Thusly, protecting the Minutemen from having their firearms, ammo, etc., from being seized and/or taxed by the federal government.

Again, perhaps to emphasize the point, any firearms, ammo, etc., “owned by the state pursuant to this section shall not be subject to any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition and shall not be subject to any registration or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition,” (emphasis mine).

If I may point out just how poorly alleged journalists report the news, the below news clip from KSDL, the NBC affiliate for St. Louis, claims that Sen. White claims the bill is a “necessary step to secure gun ownership rights.” Unfortunately for KSDK, not only did they;

  1. Provide no proof that White actually said that, there is no such wording in the bill itself.
  2. Erroneously stated that the governor requires three-fourth approval of both the senate and general assembly. The bill proper stated two-thirds of only the G.A.