From CBS St. Louis-
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, has proposed a bill that would create an offense for failing to prevent an illegal firearm possession or for the failure to safely store a firearm. The bill also would require a parent or guardian with a child enrolled in a school to notify the school district — or the governing body of a private or charter school — that the parent or guardian owns a firearm.
“This bill is very important to me because in urban cities across the nation, we experience gun violence every single day and usually our type of gun violence deals with people who live in high poverty areas, areas where there aren’t enough resources,” Chappelle-Nadal said.
Under the bill, an offense would be a Class A misdemeanor unless death or injury results, making the offense a Class D felony.
The offense would be committed if a parent or guardian fails to report the possession of a firearm by a child under the age of 18 or if a parent recklessly stores a firearm allowing the child to acquire it, by not storing it in a secure locked location.