JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The National Rifle Association has announced its opposition to the Republican-led General Assembly’s pillar gun legislation this year.
In a statement on its website, the organization urged its members to call Missouri Senators and urge them to vote against the bill, which aims to nullify some federal gun rules. Their announcement comes after Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, got Republicans to attach an amendment that would require gun owners to report a theft of their weapon within 72 hours.
“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,” the organization wrote in a post on its website. “Law-abiding gun owners should not be made a victim twice.”
Nasheed said on Wednesday that she had heard that the NRA was threatening to use a vote on the bill – Sen. Brian Nieves’ Senate Bill 613 – in their legislative rankings. Nieves, speaking with reporters earlier in the day, said he did not care where the NRA landed on the bill.
“Every time there’s an amendment added to a bill, it changes the dynamic,” he said. “I can live with (Nasheed’s amendment). I wouldn’t raise it on a flagpole and say it is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, but I can live with it.”
Republicans had vowed to make the bill a chief priority this year after similar legislation was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, last year. The NRA quietly opposed that bill because of opposition from law enforcement and free speech advocates.