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Missouri Senate veto session gains media attention from all over the country

Date: September 11, 2013
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 436

Intro: 
While lawmakers from around Missouri gather to consider overriding Governor Nixon's vetoes, reporters from around the country follow suit.
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Wrap: Missouri's veto session has gained more media attention than it has in years. 

A correspondent with Al Jazeera America was among the reporters who traveled to Missouri for the session.

Jonathan Martin says a bill nullifying federal gun laws in Missouri peaked their interest.

Actuality:  MARTIN2.WAV
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Description: "This is really what some people are calling the biggest push or the most far reaching push for gun rights from a state legislature so that makes it a little bit more newsworthy."

Martin says eyes are on Missouri to see what lawmakers do because if the override succeeds, many states may follow the example.  

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

Intro: 
Missouri's veto session garnered national media attention for the first time in years.
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Wrap: Media outlets from around the country gathered to see the outcome of a vote meaning big changes in gun rights for the state of Missouri.

Al Jazeera America sent a correspondent to cover the outcome of this bill.

Jonathan Martin says the main reason the media has been paying so much attention to this veto session is the unique nature of the bill.

This veto session is a little bit different, you know, then some other nullification efforts we've seen across the country. Particularly this is, I believe, the first state to come forward with a gun bill like this where there would be criminal penalties enacted for federal agents coming trying to enforce the laws."

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Description: "Particularly this is, I believe, the first state to come forward with a gun bill like this where there would be criminal penalties enacted for federal agents coming trying to enforce the laws."

Martin says if the gun law nullification bill passes it could set a precedent for the rest of the country.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.

Intro: 
Major news outlets from across the country gathered to hear the Missouri Legislature vote on overriding Governor Nixon's vetoes.
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Wrap: A New York Times Reporter says the bill nullifying federal gun laws makes the Missouri veto session relevant to the rest of the country.

John Eligon says this bill is the primary reason the veto session has garnered so much attention.

 

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Description: "This one seems to be one of the broader ones that seeks to not enforce any federal laws against guns in Missouri which is a fairly unique and aggressive measure especially on such a hot issue like guns."

 

The Reporters from both the New York Times and Al Jazeera agree that this gun law nullification bill is the primary reason they are covering the session.
 
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.
 

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