MO Lawmakers: Parents Must Notify Schools Of Gun Ownership In 30 Days


Here we go. Missouri State lawmakers see dollar signs in their eyes and they are using the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to push for legislation that would require parents in the state to notify the schools their children that they own a firearm within 30 days or face a fine.

This doesn't just apply to public schools either. According to SB 124, which is put forth by two female Democrat State Senators Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), it would apply to all charter and private education institutions. Interestingly enough, Nasheed is a Muslim.

The legislation can be summarized by stating that if a person is the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, he or she knows the child possesses a firearm in violation of the law, and he or she fails to stop the possession or report it to law enforcement. This would be considered a Class A misdemeanor. However, if death or injury result from the firearm possession by a minor it will be considered a Class D felony.

Anytime a child is enrolled in a school, the parent or guardian must send the school a notification that they own a firearm to the school their child attends within 30 days or face a $100 fine. If the gun is used in a crime by the child at school and the parent or guardian failed to notify the school about the firearm and it results in injury or death, the parent will face a $1000 fine and possibly other penalties.

I wholly believe in the 2nd Amendment, that everyone should have the right to bear arms, but the 2nd Amendment does not say that a 12-year-old can shoot a 12-year-old -- there is no protection for that," Chappelle-Nadal said. "What we are trying to do here is address what is happening in our urban cities.”

State Senator Brian Nieves (R-Washington) calls the bill alarming stating, “I think it goes squarely against what most Missourians would believe is the right thing to do. I can tell you (that) this bill will not become law – I think that’s something we need to be very clear about and make sure that Missourians know that this bill simply will not become law.”

Additionally, the legislation lays out what is considered "proper storage." The bill reads:

(1) The firearm is stored in a securely locked container or in a location that a reasonable person would believe to be secure;
(2) The firearm is equipped with a cable lock, trigger lock, or other safety device that cannot be readily removed from the firearm;
or
(3) The firearm is on the person's body or in such proximity to the person's body that he or she could retrieve it as easily and quickly
as if carried on his or her body.

While I am in agreement that parents need to be responsible for proper storage and teaching their children about firearms, the fact that they must notify school systems about firearms is not a good idea. It is an invasion of privacy and it is none of the school's business what people have in their homes. That is part of the Fourth Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

While technically the legislation would not be a search or seizure, it is mandating that you tell them you own a firearm.

Chappelle-Nadal indicated that her legislation will more than likely not pass the State Senate. Additionally she indicated that any NRA-backed gun legislation would be targeted for filibuster.

Also, requiring cable locks, trigger locks and other safety devices does render the firearm virtually useless when needed. Again, this is an attempt by government to impose things they should not be imposing. In short, it's a bad law.

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  • http://freedomforme bruce davis

    Heres two more libs that wont have a job when it comes around for votes--you are out of here-And you can kiss my white ass if you think you will get guns in mo--

  • violater1

    Tell your State representatives and governor to go straight to hell Missourians! Tell that bunch of greedy basterds that they work for yo not the other way around! If those 2 ni99ars are examples of your State representation good luck you need luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002000885892 Tim Williams Jr.

    Thats why I home school

  • willhen50

    I would do like the president, LIE, LIE, LIE. That is 3 lies for all my guns.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.lewis.Missouri.Realtor Karen Lewis

    MUSLEM LAWMAKERS IN OFFICE IN MISSOURI....ARE YOU VOTERS IN MISSOURI "BRAIN DEAD"????

  • Laurence Almand

    How about requiring parents to report how much liquor and marijuana they have in their homes, as well as the number of knives and baseball bats? This law is a gross invasion of person privacy - these politicians should be recalled at the first opportunity. (How did such characters get elected in the first place?)

  • strugglebuggy

    Both names sound Arabic. Missouri is a state with a lot of guns and hunting. I dont think the school should be told anything. Up to family to ensure children have no access to weapons. Fine families for not seeking mental care for members.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.lund1 William Lund

    This bill was a joke. Those 2 liberals who sponsored the bill need to be recalled from office. To even go against the second amendment and violate are rights is a impeachable offense. Recall these 2 nut bags.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinwag62 kevin w. wagenknecht

    isn't the military supposed to protect me against people like this?

  • QuisPercusit

    NEVER. .It is defacto gun registration. by a state government agency (school system). The two show me state legislators and the screaming crybaby pansys should look up the wor infringe The two Legislators sound like Islamophiles at best or radical Islamic terrorist supporters of Sharia law judging from their last names.

  • guest

    A Very bad law, designed to know where all the guns are to make later confiscation easier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.rose.129 Gary Rose

    Show me State cannot believe it? All bout the Money to be Generated from this crapola Law anybody in Their Right Mind would not go along with this. Time to Rebel and be Heard all over America Now::Real American Building Citizens are Tired of our benefits being given to Illegal Immigrants tossing Real Legal Taxpaying People to Side. Also trying to run the Businesses of AmericaWhy look at the deficit They cant do Their jobs in Office??

  • phantomvoyager

    A muslim legislator is trying to find out who has legally owned firearms in America? Is this for real?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dori.herndon Dori Herndon

    I bet robbers would love for banks to be gun-free zones.

  • Canadianlady

    This does nothing to curb gun violence in schools. What do they intend to do, forbid families with guns from attending classes? Do they intend to bully the children of the gun-owning parents? This is nothing but an unwarranted intrusion on the privacy of citizens and a cash grab by government. It should be challenged in the courts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5E2IJNF4FF2V4FTWQDDYMAEGE Lee W

    I lived in Missouri from January, 1974 to November of 1975, and in that time period, learned a number of things I did NOT like about the area I lived in: 1) Prayers in school were mandantory, even though federal laws were against them. 2) Teachers could hold a student back for nothing more than not reading part of the textbook! In my case, my son had had the second part of the textbook in question as the first part in his school in Arizona! The principal thought he should be held back just for the record to show that he had studied the whole book! Just about took an act of Congress to get the fool principal to understand! 3) The overall animosity of the people where we lived towards outsiders who might need jobs, or didn't belong to the proper church, was partly responsibe for driving us away.
    The whole thing could be summed up in one sentence: We didn't belong there, and it was stupid of us to move there!
    This law that has been proposed in the Missouri State Legislature just reflects some of the silly ideas that some of those people---mainly city dwellers have! I can state without reservation that a good 100% of the farmers, ranchers, hill people and just folks I have met in South-eastern Missorui will NOT obey any such law!

  • Doc

    Let them do it. Who cares. You idiots won't do a thing to stop it. You just complain on your blogs and sit on your couch and wait for the next survivor to come on. Shut up already

  • http://www.facebook.com/rumsower Montie Rumsower

    We need to ship ALL of these do gooder LOONS to Kalifornia and build a BIG fence.