That’s because state law allows local governments to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons that would be barred by federal law.

Page said federal law makes possession of a firearm unlawful for any person “who is subject to a court order that … includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety” of an “intimate partner or child of such … person” and “has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse.”

The City Council in Kansas City in November passed a similar municipal measure.

County Councilman Tim Fitch, R-3rd District, questioned the need for a county ordinance when a federal law applies, suggesting it was an election year public relations move that “won’t change a thing.”

“These are people who are violating federal law,” Fitch said. “Would you rather have them prosecuted by the U.S. attorney, or the county counselor’s office? … I’m not in favor of domestic abusers carrying firearms, I just don’t see it’s necessary to have a county ordinance to do the same thing that a federal law already does.”

But St. Louis-area defense attorney Rick Sindel said local ordinances could give authorities more opportunities to take action, noting that a federal case “depends on whether the federal prosecutor wants to prosecute a violation of that law.”