A St. Louis County, Missouri State legislator has proposed the following legislation, SB 124 AKA the Rat Your Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out Act:
Among the key provisions of the Act:
1.This act creates the offense of failing to stop illegal firearm possession. A person commits the offense if he or she is the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18, he or she knows the child possesses a firearm in violation of the law, and he or she fails to stop the possession or report it to law enforcement.
2.This act also creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm. A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 18 commits the 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.
3.This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a firearm within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a firearm.
Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City seems to be living on the wrong side of the Mississippi River…this legislation is more like something to come out of the State of Illinois than the Show-Me State. For heavens sake…keep your firearms out of the hands of children and the mentally infirm but what’s next if we make owning a firearm a ‘reportable offense’ to your local school district.
Thanks to GL for sending me the article…I have to say that I honestly thought it was an internet hoax until I read what was published at Missouri’s Senate website.