"In a twist on the typical anti-gun legislation floating around in statehouses and the nation's capital these days, a lawmaker from Missouri is taking a different tact. Rather than criminalizing gun owners, he is seeking to criminalize fellow legislators who attempt to criminalize the state's gun owners.

Rep. Mike Leara, a Republican from suburban St. Louis, says he doesn't think his bill stands much of a chance of passing, but he's proposing it anyway to send a message if nothing else.

His legislation requires that colleagues be convicted and sent to prison for up to four years if they introduce gun control legislation, a bill which "highlights the increasingly strident tone of gun measures in Missouri's generally pro-gun Legislature," local St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOX reported."

Proposed Missouri law would imprison those who vote for unconstitutional gun control legislation