Missouri lawmaker introduces bill criminalizing failure to report gun ownership to child's schoolSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:47
Missouri lawmaker introduces bill criminalizing failure to report gun ownership to child's school
Carol May | Political reporter
1:08PM | January 23, 2013
A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require parents to notify their children’s school if they own a firearm.
The bill, introduced by Missouri Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, would make it a crime to fail to report gun ownership to a school and to store a firearm in a place where a child could possibly access it. The legislation also criminalizes failure to prevent illegal possession of a firearm by a child under the age of 18.
“This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a firearm within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a firearm,” the bill reads in part. “The written notification only needs to include the names of the parent and any child attending the school and the fact that the parent owns a firearm.”