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Missouri bill would imprison legislators proposing gun control

An employee at John Jovino Co., displays a revolver, Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled  earlier in the day that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense: the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ORG XMIT: NYR111 ORG XMIT: TN13PCG8 ORG XMIT: I01GHM0U
An employee at John Jovino Co., displays a revolver, Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier in the day that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense: the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ORG XMIT: NYR111 ORG XMIT: TN13PCG8 ORG XMIT: I01GHM0U The Associated Press

A Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan even its sponsor acknowledges has no chance of passage.

Rep. Mike Leara, a St. Louis County Republican, said Tuesday that his bill is a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights.

Rep. Stacey Newman, a St. Louis Democrat, called the measure “unconstitutional” and said she will go directly to prison if the bill passes. Newman is sponsoring a measure requiring guns to be sold by licensed dealers and forcing dealers to conduct background checks.

The proposal criminalizing gun control legislation comes as a Missouri House committee was scheduled to consider a Republican proposal that would nullify all federal gun laws.

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