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NRA "Misfire" Unites Two Opposing MO Senators To Defend Gun Bill Amendment

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Office of Sen. Jamilah Nasheed
State Senators Jamilah Nasheed and Brian Nieves during Wednesday's press conference..
Democratic State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and Republican State Senator Brian Nieves do not agree on gun regulation. Nieves is behind the latest attempt to nullify federal gun laws in the state, and Nasheed is an unwavering gun-control advocate serving St. Louis.

So what could possibly bring the two together to defend an amendment in Nieves' hardcore gun bill?

The National Rifle Association, of course.

The NRA denounced Nieves' Second Amendment Preservation Act on Tuesday -- the very same day the bill was endorsed by the state Senate. Nieves says the organization wrongly interpreted one of the bill's amendments, offered by Nasheed, that gives Missourians 72-hours to report a stolen gun to authorities.

See also: New Gun Bill: State Lawmakers Try Again To Nullify Federal Firearms Laws

"I believe this is accidental, kind of like a misfire on the part of the NRA," Nieves said yesterday during a joint press conference with Nasheed. "I think they were confused between what the amendment says and what a separate bills says."

An NRA press release on Wednesday condemned Nasheed's amendment and the larger gun bill, Senate Bill 613, claiming the legislation would levy a $1,000 fine and a Class A misdemeanor on those who failed to report gun thefts within the 72-hour time frame.

Here's an excerpt from the NRA release:

Those who are unable to report a lost or stolen firearm within this arbitrary amount of time, would be subject to penalties including: a $1,000 fine, Class A misdemeanor and the loss of their Right to Carry Permit. Victims of gun theft should not be punished further by being prosecuted for such a "crime."

Your NRA-ILA has opposed this anti-gun legislation nationally for years. It seeks to create a de-facto gun owner registry as well as place unknown civil liabilities on the gun owner. Law-abiding gun owners should not be made a victim twice

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However, as it's currently written in the bill, Nasheed's amendment carries no provisions to actually enforce that time limit. Such enforcement can only be found in a separate bill, also offered by Nasheed, that sought to create a pilot gun buyback program as well as reporting requirements for lost or stolen firearms.

"We have murders every day due to guns in the city of St. Louis, and many guns are stolen. And guess what? There's no reporting of stolen guns," said Nasheed during the same press conference yesterday. "I just am appalled that the NRA, individuals that say they support gun safety and gun security, would come out against this bill."

Here's a video of the press conference that was initially posted to Nasheed's official Senate web page Wednesday.

See also: Second Amendment Preservation Act Fails: Missouri Won't Ban Federal Gun Laws

This situation is among the most bizarre we've seen in the Missouri legislature. It's unclear to us how (and why) two political arch rivals came together for a press conference to defend an amendment neither really wants.

Nasheed actually slammed Nieves' bill to the Associated Press on Tuesday, saying, "I cannot support this legislation in good conscience."

As for Nieves, he openly dislikes the Nasheed's amendment and makes no mystery of his desire to slash it from his bill. He simply wants the NRA to correct its mistake and withdraw its opposition.

"Make no mistake, I am not crazy about the amendment and am confident it will not be in the final version of the bill," Nieves wrote in an official press release yesterday.

In a comment on his Facebook page, Nieives acknowledges that Missouri gun owners could basically ignore the provisions of Nasheed's amendment even it were passed, since the 72-hour time frame only begins when you "become aware" of the theft.

"Nobody will ever know when you become aware," Nieves wrote, responding to a commenter.

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We've reached out to the offices of Nasheed and Nieves and we'll update the story if we hear back.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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Frank May
Frank May

I had a 45 Cal stolen in the 70's, reported it St Louis County Police. They retrieved it from a known house burglar a few months later. I have since sold the weapon. All can say reporting helped me !!

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Politics is ALL about debate and compromise, we need more of this.

Randall OftheFamily Dedert
Randall OftheFamily Dedert

Is that the muslim who wants kids to tell on their parents if they own a gun. Why isn't she fired?

zelda43
zelda43

Every single deadly weapon in the country should be registered. Just as is done with anything that could prove hazardous to life and property. 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Nieves is an ignorant inbred rural cunt and Nasheed is an ignorant ghetto ass piece of inner city trash. What do these jokers both have in common? They are both members of a highly retarded and disfunctional (non) governing body here in the backwards ass state of missurah. Maybe these two fucks can just get a room, at least then they won't be pissing away taxpayer funds on the type of stupidity they all seem to embrace. Fuckheads.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Nieves is totally controlled by the ALEC.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Nasheed is a terrible MO State Senator, she voted to overturn Nixon's veto, giving preferential treatment in the courts to Doe Run Company, a lead mining company owned by a wealthy billionaire who also makes military humvees. Wasn't Nasheed just removed from black caucus? Nasheed adds amendment to silly Repiblican bill for what reason? Especially an amendment that proposes some sort of regulations, but with no enforcement/teeth. How is she representing our regions needs?

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

I love my guns, but I do not support the NRA. They have been taken over by the same kind of crazy that has taken over the republican party.

MissouriMan
MissouriMan

After the deceit they have shown with this amendment in flat out lying, I would have to agree and will not renew my membership.

zelda43
zelda43

@TheQ @zelda43  Your comment is why. In fact in your case maybe they should , if you don't know the difference. 

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