Tags: Web Exclusive
February 12, 2014 - JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's Senate gave first-round approval last week to a bill that declares invalid any federal law restricting firearms rights in Missouri that violate the U.S. Constitution.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor crime for a federal government employee to enforce any "infringements on the right to keep and bear arms."
The Senate measure declares that any federal law that infringes on the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment rights on firearms "shall not be recognized by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state."
The measure would establish a right to file a lawsuit against a person enforcing a violation of those rights.
Final approval of the measure was delayed after the National Rifle Association raised objections to an amendment that would require a person to report when a firearm had been stolen.
In a statement posted on its website, the NRA referenced the amendment Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis City, tacked onto the proposal Tuesday night. It called the amendment an "anti-gun provision."
Nasheed said her amendment was only meant to keep gun owners accountable for stolen property and help law enforcement agencies do their job.
"It's really unfortunate to have the National Rifle Association against a simple amendment," Nasheed said in response to the NRA press release. "I'm not 'anti-gun.' I have a CCW, and I own guns."
The NRA argued the change is unfair to gun owners and makes them a victim twice. The statement read, "victims of gun theft should not be punished further by being prosecuted for such a 'crime.' Police resources should be focused on finding the real criminals responsible, not further victimizing those who have had not only their belongings stolen, but their sense of security and privacy as well."
The bill's sponsor — Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Franklin County — criticized the NRA for misrepresenting the amendment. Nieves noted that Nasheed's amendment imposed no penalty for failing to report the theft of a firearm.
"I can live with it, I wouldn't raise it on a flagpole and say it's the greatest thing I have ever seen, but I can live with it," Nieves said.
Nasheed attacked the NRA in harsher language.
"They're bullies," Nasheed said. "I think they're trying to bully Sen. Nieves. They probably don't like his overall bill and they're using my amendment to attack the overall bill."
The original bill aims to make federal gun laws unenforceable in Missouri. The Senate approved the measure Tuesday night, but it must survive another Senate vote before it can make it to the House floor.
Our TownCrestwood again ranks among nation's hottest ZIP codesRanking a reflection of Lindbergh Schools' quality, superintendent saysSep 28 2016The city of Crestwood, situated in the Lindbergh Schools district, once again ranks among the nation’s hottest ZIP codes for 2016, according to a recent survey by Realtor.com.... Our TownRenovated Cliff Cave Library reopens
$3.6 million renovation part of broader $120 million revamp of library systemSep 28 2016Readers in Oakville are celebrating since the newly renovated Cliff Cave Branch of the St. Louis County Library reopened last week with a new entrance, children’s area and a large window looking out on ... Our TownAbsentee voting opens this week for November electionVoting for presidential election moved to Laclede Station RoadSep 28 2016To accommodate heavy absentee voting for the Nov. 8 presidential election, the county Board of Elections opened a temporary office in Maplewood today for absentee voting. ... BusinessJust horsing aroundFamous Clydesdale visits Blarney StoneSep 28 2016Patrons at the Blarney Stone recently welcomed Rascal the Clydesdale to Oakville and had their picture taken with him. Above, Finn and Zoe Gaeta of Concord meet Rascal, an athletic Clydesdale and television ... |