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O’Fallon, Mo., police chief resigns over new Missouri gun law

O’FALLON, MO. (AP) — The police chief of O’Fallon has resigned over concerns about a new Missouri law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules.

Philip Dupuis, who had been the police chief of the city of O’Fallon since October 2020, cited the “poor wording” and “unintended consequences” of the high-profile bill.

Signed into law just last week, it allows officers to be sued if they try to enforce federal gun laws. Dupuis said that made officers vulnerable during “good-faith, justified seizures of firearms.”

In a letter sent Wednesday night and obtained by The Associated Press, Justice Department officials pointed out that federal law trumps state law under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. But Gov. Mike Parson and Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote that they still planned to enforce the new law.

Dupuis joined the O’Fallon Police Department after a 10-year stint as police chief in a suburb of Houston. He was the city’s second new police chief in as many years.

He said in a statement that the law also would “decrease public safety and increase frivolous lawsuits designed to harass and penalize good, hard-working law enforcement agencies.”

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