Second Amendment Supporters Upset Over Jamilah Nasheed "Red Flag" Measure

The bill would allow for the removal of firearms from someone deemed dangerous

Brett Blume
February 06, 2019 - 1:59 pm
Democratic State Senator Jamilah Nasheed

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed says someone who's been determined to pose a danger to themselves or others should not be able to wield a gun.

She's filed a "Red Flag" measure (Senate Bill 23) that would allow a concerned family member or a law enforcer to file a firearms restraining order that would allow them to temporarily take away someone's weapon.

"The whole idea that we could strip somebody, confiscate somebody's gun rights and suspend or deny their basic rights to keep and bear arms based on ex parte hearing is very dangerous," said Aaron Dorr, policy advisor for the Missouri Firearms Coalition.

Dorr says the worst part is that the person would have their firearms taken without having been convicted in court.

"You would have more due process guarantees (if you were) charged with running a red light in downtown St. Louis than you would in this provision," he told KMOX's Brett Blume.

Nasheed calls gun violence an epidemic in St. Louis and elsewhere and says her bill is a common-sense solution to help reduce gun-related crimes.

Her measure is getting support from St. Louis public safety director Judge Jimmie Edwards, who says guns are especially dangerous in the hands of people who are mentally ill.

The bill's being heard by the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.

A similar bill was made into law last year in Illinois.

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