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Sen. Nasheed Pushing for Firearm Restraints Against Those Claimed to be Mentally Ill

2nd Amendment advocates are pushing back against a gun safety measure, calling it a "dangerous" piece of legislation

February 06, 2019 - 6:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A bill sponsored by Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed is rankling 2nd Amendment advocates. Nasheed is proposing a "Red Flag" measure that could temporarily remove firearms from those who are believed to pose a threat to themselves or others. 

Aaron Dorr, policy advisor for the Missouri Firearms Coalition opposes the legislation, calling it "very dangerous" to allow a citizen's right to bear arms to be stripped away based on the claim of one person. The measure 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. 

"You would have more due process guarantees being charged with running a red light in downtown St. Louis than you would under this provision," Dorr says.

Nasheed's 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.