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 TownStream seeks recount in county executive electionStenger set to take oath of office Jan. 1Dec 17 2014Sixth District County Councilman Steve Stenger, D-Affton, is preparing to take over county government as county executive on Jan. 1, but his opponent is now seeking a recount.... Our TownCandidate filing underway for April electionFiling will continue through Jan. 20Dec 17 2014Candidates throughout south county lined up to file to run for office Tuesday morning, when filing opened for April municipal and school board elections.... Impact NewsDooley comes out swinging against McCullochFBI probe finds no wrongdoing in award of crime lab contractDec 17 2014Outgoing County Executive Charlie Dooley came out swinging in what might have been his final time addressing the media Tuesday night, blaming his election loss on racial fears stoked by county Prosecuting ... BusinessCrestwood board OKs preliminary funding pact with mall ownerPGAV selected to serve as city's planning consultantDec 17 2014The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted last week to approve a preliminary funding agreement with the owner of the former Crestwood Plaza to help defray costs associated with the potential redevelopment ... Our TownPolice seek suspect in pawnshop robberyDec 10 2014The St. Louis County Police Department is seeking a suspect in a robbery that took place last week at Cash America Pawn, 2616 Telegraph Road.... |