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Parents Must Tell School They Own A Gun Under Missouri Bill

missouri bill school guns parents childrenA proposed state law in Missouri would make it a crime for parents or guardians not to tell school officials if they have guns in their home. Parents could also be prosecuted for gun crimes committed by their children under the same law even if the crimes were committed with a legal weapon.

If passed into law Missouri State Senate Bill 549 could slap parents with a $100 fine if they didn’t tell their children’s school about their gun. This is the second time State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-Jefferson City) has introduced the legislation. The same law was introduced last year as Senate Bill 124 but it never got anywhere. She introduced the newest version in December.

“I am not trying to take away the gun rights of any parents or any other citizens. I believe in the Second Amendment,” Chappelle-Nadal told a St. Louis TV station when the bill previously was introduced. The senator said she was trying to stop school violence and crimes like carjacking.

What Senate Bill 549 would do

If it became law Senate Bill 549 would be one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. Here are the restrictions it would place on parents:

  • Make it a misdemeanor for parents failing to notify school officials if they have weapons in their home when children enroll in school. Parents would also have to notify the school if they bought a weapon.
  • Parents found guilty of “negligent storage of weapons” could be fined $1,000 and charged with a misdemeanor. Specifically, the bill states that parents can be charged with a misdemeanor by “recklessly storing or leaving a weapon in a manner that is likely to result in the child accessing the weapon if the child obtains access to the weapon and unlawfully carries it to school, kills or injures another person with it, or commits a crime with it.”
  • Parents whose child killed or injured a person with the gun could be charged with a Class D felony.

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“As a member of the University City School Board, my biggest fear is a student bringing a gun to school,” Chappelle-Nadal said in a press release. “We also have too many gang members running around with weapons and settling scores with bullets.  It has to stop. That’s why I included the negligent storage of a firearm provision in my legislation.  If kids cannot get their hands on a gun, that gun will not end up on the street or in our schools.  If you own a gun, please use a gun lock and store it in a locked gun safe, and never store ammunition in the same place as the guns.”

Bill faces an uphill climb

The good news for gun owners is that Missouri has one of the most pro-Second Amendment legislatures in the nation, and the bill has a tough fight if it is to become law.

The legislature previously passed the Second Amendment Preservation Act which would have invalidated federal gun control laws in the state. The Act was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon in July. He said he vetoed the act because it violated the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.

Republicans in the state legislature failed to get enough votes to override Gov. Nixon’s veto in September, although key leaders said they would try and pass it again.

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9 comments

  1. Why? Is the school board now a licensing and registration agency of the state. By the way who employs whom the school board the parents, or vice versa? If the state legislators go for this nonsense then fire them also next time around!

    • EgbertThrockmorton

      The School Districts in Missouri have NO business knowing what is, or is not in the homes of the families of their students. This bill if passed would be EASILY challenged in Federal Court. The bill’s sponsor has NO idea what Constitutional Protections of the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments really are, nor does she care.
      if the bill were to pass, I would hope there would be massive non-compliance with the bill, and the residents of Missouri deserve far better representation than what the sponsor alleges she gives.

  2. The Senator can kiss my ass. My childern have always been taught right from wrong and how to respect firearms. I will not be dictated to. I will store my guns and ammo how I see fit. Kids associated with gangs will find a way to get a gun if they want it bad enough. The Senator should put more emphasis on getting dead beat parents to start raising their childern to be respectful and the value of human life and grow up to be decent human beings. You stay out of my house and I’ll stay out of yours.

  3. This is laughable..It will never pass in Missouri.

  4. “If you own a gun, please use a gun lock and store it in a locked gun safe, and never store ammunition in the same place as the guns.”

    If I’ve ever read a more idiotic sentence. . . I can’t remember where.

    Here’s the literal translation of what she said: If you own a gun, please render it useless as a home-defense weapon, and never store ammunition in a place where it might make your gun of use as something other than a terribly unbalanced bludgeon.

    And to think – there were people stupid enough to actually vote this braindead Funyun (my apologies to the yummy snack food for the insult) into office! HAH!

  5. Just show ‘em…

  6. Her purpose in introducing this bill is to get the idea on the table. If “they” can get the idea into the mind, and keep people talking about it, thinking about it, it will work generationaly.
    Never under-estimate the tenacity of the left, they will return over, and over, and over. I know from experience, I have watched them work in my once beloved state of Oregon as it was Californiated. Keep your powder dry MO.

  7. Two things jump out at me with this line of “thought:”

    1. How does the school administration knowing there is a gun in my house reduce violence (or how would such information be used against me or my kids?)?

    2. Why would anyone send their kids to the brainwashing values demolishing factories that “our” public schools have become? Deny them students and their budgets will be cut and property taxes will have a great argument for reduction. There are many online schools that provide all the academics a kid needs and there’s many extracuricular activities kids can participate in that have nothing to due with public schools where boys are made to sit six hours a day in a stuffy classroom.

  8. I wonder how people would react if a bill demanding that school officials be notified if a student was a Muslim, or if said student was seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist?

    “If guns cause crime, all mine are defective.” – Ted Nugent

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