A bill that forces parents to divulge whether or not they own firearms would cause the schools to mistreat the children of these parents. We can agree that a mentally unstable child in a home with firearms is a potential risk but to subject every child to scrutiny will be an overreach of power.
FOX 2 News: The sad story of a twelve year old who shot and killed another child with his grandfather’s unlocked gun is just one example that is motivating Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal to call for sanctions against careless parents and guardians of minors. The democrat’s proposed bill targets an often lethal mix; guns and unsupervised kids in what Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal calls “Urban Core” areas.“I wholly believe in the Second Amendment but the Second Amendment does not say that a 12-year old can shoot a 12-year old. There is no protection for that so what we are trying to to do here address is what is happening in our urban cities.” said State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal – (D) University City.
Senate Bill 124 targets the failure to properly lock or secure a firearm and would penalize a parent or guardian who fails to stop their minor child from possessing a firearm illegally. The bill would also require parents to report gun ownership to their children’s schools.
“What we’re saying is if you are parent “x” we would like to know as a school district that you have a gun.” said state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.