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Update: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Talks Gun Bill During Press Conference

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, calls for "common-sense response" to surge in gun violence in press conference Wednesday.

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is calling on Missouri lawmakers to enact reasonable gun safety regulations in the wake of one of the worst years of gun violence in recent memory. 

Chappelle-Nadal submitted Senate Bill 124, which would require gun owners to disclose what firearms are in their home to their child's school district. 

See our previous story: Have a Gun? Proposed Bill Would Require You to Tell Your Child's School

Senate Bill 124 creates the offense of failing to prevent illegal firearm possession, it creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm and it requires a parent or guardian enrolling a child in school to notify the school district or the governing body of a private or charter school that the parent or guardian owns a firearm.

“I’m pleased our nation is finally having a long-overdue discussion about our national gun culture, and I applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for their serious proposals to address gun violence, but as a Missouri Senator, my priority must be about making our communities safe for Missouri families,” Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said during a noon press conference today. 

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said in a press release that while the nation grieves for loss of so many innocent lives lost to gun violence in Newtown, Aurora, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Atlanta and other communities, random acts of gun violence in the St. Louis area have become a disturbing fact of life.

“Since August of last year, there have been more than a dozen incidents involving teenagers and guns in just the Fourteenth Senate district alone,” Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said. “In most cases, the guns have been stolen from an unsecured place in the home and then used in robberies, car-jackings and even murder. In one instance two kids were playing with a loaded gun they found in the home and one of them was accidentally killed. In two other cases the students took the guns to school.”  

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said her bill is an attempt to reduce gun violence in urban communities and schools.

“As a member of the University City School Board, my biggest fear is a student bringing a gun to school,” Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said. “We also have too many gang members running around with weapons and settling scores with bullets.  It has to stop. That’s why I included the negligent storage of a firearm provision in my legislation. If kids cannot get their hands on a gun, that gun will not end up on the street or in our schools. If you own a gun, please use a gun lock and store it in a locked gun safe, and never store ammunition in the same place as the guns.”

Under Senate Bill 124, a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 commits an offense by recklessly storing or leaving a firearm in a manner that is likely to result in the child accessing the firearm – if the child obtains access to the firearm and unlawfully carries it to school, kills or injures another person with it or commits a crime with it.

The offense would be a Class A misdemeanor unless the child kills or injures another person, in which case it would be a Class D felony.

“Responsible gun owners have nothing to fear from my legislation, and nobody, at least nobody in Missouri, is talking about taking anyone’s guns away,” Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said. “I simply want to make sure that children do not have easy access to guns, especially children in urban settings. I’m not talking about farm kids who learn to hunt with a rifle or a shotgun; I’m talking about gang members turning our cities into war zones or disturbed teenagers who think the only way to settle differences is to take a gun to school. There are reasonable things we can do as a society to reduce the incidences of gun violence without infringing on anybody’s right to keep and bear arms.”

St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin reports from Jefferson City that Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, called the bill 'alarming'. Nieves previously blogged about gun laws for Eureka-Wildwood Patch.

Billy Frank Thornton January 25, 2013 at 01:48 AM
We be here trying to roast marshmellows...and they keep throwing gasoline in the fire.
Billy Frank Thornton January 25, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Hard to imagine how such a "common-sense response" to gun violence is getting so much flak. Imagine.
Matthew Chase January 25, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Hey, DPB, I think George was referring to me - I did call him names. Well-warranted I think, since his first comment to me assumed that my disparagement of supporters of Nadal & Obama was necessarily because they are black - supporters and the politicians both I presume - in either case he assumed immediately that I dislike them because of their race rather than their pinheaded and idiotic policy. In other words, he immediately called me a racist, so I simply turned it around. This whole argument is silly, though. George is never convince us and vice-versa. Maria's bill is DOA since there is an overwhelming GOP majority in both houses and she is in the extreme minority - even including some Dems - as someone who seeks _any_ new gun laws of _any_ kind in this state.
DPB January 25, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Matthew, you are correct! It's like wrestling with a pig, you are not going to win and the pig loves it! I appreciate George's attempt to compare apples to oranges, though. Typical liberal logic! It does not matter to him that countries, whether 3rd world or not, which have banned guns have extremely high murder rates. It does not matter to him that Chicago, New York, Detroit, and other cities that have very restrictive gun laws have the highest rates of murder. Let's just take away legally owned property from people whom have never done anything wrong and feel good about ourselves! In effect, let's convict first and prove innocence later. I seem to remember British Law has that provision, few rights and guilty until proven innocent. And Billy Frank, I am not sure I understand where you are coming from, but I don't think it is a good place. Sure, we can entertain the idea the moon is made of cheese, but why would you want to? Seems to me the good senator and others would better serve their time in helping put violent criminals behind bars, work to get families back together (mothers and fathers raising children), establish community cohesiveness, and put God back to the forefront. I do not disrespect anyone because of the race, creed, sexual orientation, etc.,but I do have issues with insanity! (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result)
Billy Frank Thornton January 25, 2013 at 09:35 PM
...and DPB, I am coming from a place where the Senator seems to think it wise to collect names of parents with guns. After some thought, it might not be a bad idea. Anyone who would disclose gun ownership to a school district (or physician)...lacks good judgement and should have their weapons confiscated. My comment about providing better mental health capacities in our schools doesn't seem too far fetched...it might help turn about our culture of violence.

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