Missouri bill would require parents to register guns with child's school
CNN News , KSDK
6:03 AM, Jan 23, 2013
10:22 AM, Jan 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Ever since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun control has been a hot topic.
Now comes word of a Missouri lawmaker who wants any parent who owns a gun to notify their child's school.
It's the next idea in a long list of proposed ideas for gun control -- making it mandatory for parents to notify their children's schools about their gun supply.
Mo. State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she wants the violence in schools to stop, and this is just one different idea that no one's brought up.
"It encourages parents to make sure they store their guns safely in their home," Chappelle-Nadal said. "It also gives the school districts the opportunity to help encourage gun safety in the community and in the household."
At a high school basketball game in St. Louis, parents weighed in on the proposed requirement to inform their child's school if they are gun owners.
"I agree with it," said parent Danaelle Stidum. "We need to know because a lot of parents aren't governing their homes properly."
But Stidum seems to be in the minority. Most parents said the bill doesn't focus the attention on the parents that need to be focused on.
"It concerns me a bit because I think the parents that would have no problem registering the guns aren't the ones you have to worry about,," said Don Rugraff, the principal at Brentwood High School. "I think it's the ones who don't or who are obtained by the students without their parents knowledge that's the concern."
Rugraff says the information may help the police more than the school district. And what about blaming a parent for guns in their house they don't even know about?
"I understand what they are trying to do,: parent Kris Mills said. "But making us notify them if we have guns is not going to deter the behavior what makes people do what they do with guns."