Politics
7:25 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

New Bill Would Require Registering Guns With School

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.

If passed, parents would have to provide written notification that they own a firearm within 30 days of enrolling their child in school or within 30 days of becoming a gun owner if the child is already enrolled.  Failure to do so would result in a $100 fine. Supporters say it would address gun violence in Missouri’s urban areas, particularly in St. Louis and Kansas City.

The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County, says she believes in the 2nd Amendment, but it has its limitations.

“The 2nd Amendment does not say that a 12-year-old can shoot a 12-year-old, there is no protection for that, what we are trying to do here is address what is happening in our urban cities," Chappelle-Nadal said.

Republican Senator Brian Nieves, who’s known for being outspoken on 2nd Amendment issues, calls the bill alarming.

“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,” Nieves said. “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.”

Chappelle-Nadal admits that she doesn’t expect her bill will pass the Senate, but she also indicated that any NRA-backed gun legislation might be targeted for filibuster.