Rep. Jo Ann Emerson says she'd work to defeat legislation that would create a national registry of American gun owners, according to the Howell County News.
Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush has introduced a bill that would establish "a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes."
Emerson said this is surely an effort she will oppose -- and said the debate ended when the Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004.
"In my mind, this issue was settled in 2004 when the ban expired," Emerson said in a statement. "Congress spends too much time regulating the lawful activities of law-abiding gun owners and too little time strengthening penalties against the individuals who commit gun crimes. In southern Missouri, we have responsible gun owners and sportsmen who absolutely own firearms that would fall under this ban if it were reinstated today," she added.