A Missouri state senator whom the National Rifle Association labels “anti-gun” was arrested Monday evening while protesting outside the Ferguson (Mo.) Police station. She was found carrying a fully-loaded 9mm handgun, extra ammunition and “smelled strongly of intoxicants,” according to police.
Local TV station KMOV reported that:
[Jamilah] Nasheed declined comment about the having the weapon, but did tell News 4 she has a concealed carry permit. A Ferguson police officer said Nasheed was carrying a fully-loaded 9 mm handgun and additional rounds of ammunition.
Sources also told News 4 Ferguson police requested St. Ann to administer a breathalyzer test at the time of her arrest because she “smelled strongly of intoxicants,” but Nasheed refused to do so. Nasheed said Tuesday she was not intoxicated at the time.
Nasheed was formally charged with Failure to Obey Lawful Order of Police and Manner of Walking in the Roadway. She was released from St. Ann jail before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
LU readers will recall that Nasheed attempted to further stir the passions of protesters in Ferguson back in August by calling Michael Brown’s shooting an “execution.”
Of her Monday night stunt, Nasheed told reporters, “It was a symbolic arrest – sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown, but we don’t want it in vain.”
Her sponsorship of several state bills restricting Second Amendment rights led the NRA Institute of Legislative Action to label her “anti-gun,” including a de facto Gun Owner Registry program.
In February, the NRA-ILA reported:
Last night, during debate on Senate Bill 613, anti-gun Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-5) was able to attach an anti-gun provision to SB 613. As previously reported, this anti-gun language was introduced as legislation in January that was originally contained in Senate Bill 556 and Senate Bill 565, both sponsored by Senator Nasheed. This modified anti-gun language would require every person to report the theft of a firearm they possess to a local law enforcement agency. Any missing firearm must be reported within 72 hours of the time he or she knew or “reasonably should have known” that the firearm had been stolen.
Watch the news report via KMOV.