ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- Ever since the horrific schoolshooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has been a hot topic. Nowcomes word of a Missouri lawmaker who wants any parent who owns guns tonotify their child's school.
The lawmaker says she hopes the already filed bill will bring awarenessto schools and to parents about keeping their guns locked up.
It's the next idea in a long list of proposed ideas for gun control,making it mandatory for parents to notify their child's school abouttheir gun supply.
"I am not trying to take away the gun rights of any parents or any othercitizens I believe in the second amendment," says State Senator MariaChappelle-Nadal.
She says she wants the violence in schools to stop and this is just one different idea that no one has brought up.
"It encourages parents to make sure they store their guns safely intheir home, it also gives the school districts the opportunity to helpencourage gun safety in the community and in the household," says theSenator.
"I agree with it, we need to know because a lot of parents aren't governing their homes properly," says parent Danaelle Stidum.
Some parents say 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 noproblem registering the guns aren't the ones you have to worry about, Ithink it's the ones who don't or who are obtained by the studentswithout their parents knowledge that's the concern," says parent BillKoster.
The principal of Brentwood High School says the information may help thepolice more than the school district and what about blaming a parentfor guns in their house they don't even know about?
"Maybe a student obtaining a weapon without the parent even knowing about it," says Principal Don Rugraff.
"I understand what they are trying to do, but making us notify them ifwe have guns is not going to deter the behavior what makes people dowhat they do with guns," says parent Kris Mills.
This proposal is one of only a handful in Missouri's house and senate.NewsChannel 5's political analyst Dave Robertson told me he's surprisedthat there aren't more bills being proposed about gun control, but thechances of any bills about the issue being passed is slim to nonebecause of the political atmosphere between the lawmakers and thegovernor.