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MO Senate backs off reporting of stolen guns

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By JORDAN SHAPIRO
Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - The Missouri Senate has removed a provision from a broad gun rights measure that would have required stolen firearms to be reported to law enforcement.

Senators voted 22-9 late Monday night to strip the provision after the National Rifle Association announced its opposition the bill.

The provision would have required gun owners to report a missing weapon within 72 hours of learning about a theft. The NRA says that would have created a gun-owner registry, but the sponsoring Senate Democrat said it would help curb urban violence.

The broader bill seeks to nullify some federal gun control laws and impose penalties on federal agents who enforce them. But courts have consistently ruled that states cannot nullify federal law.

The legislation needs one more vote in the Senate before moving to the House.

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