School Boards React to Gun Control Proposal from Senator

3 years 3 months 5 days ago January 24, 2013 Jan 24, 2013 Thursday, January 24 2013 Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:42:00 AM CST in News
By: Michelle Schuelke

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools official said Thursday gun regulation is not a function of public schools. The comment comes in reaction to State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-St. Louis, who is calling on Missouri lawmakers to enact gun safety regulations in response to gun violence the previous year.

 

Senate Bill 124 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.

In a news release, Chappelle-Nadal said, "In most cases, the guns have been stolen from an unsecured plane 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."

Chief communication officer for Missouri School Board Association, Brent Ghan, said hiring additional resource officers would be most effective. He said the intent of the senator is good, but that schools do not have the resources or personnel to support or carry through with the extra paperwork.

Columbia Public Schools has a no tolerance gun policy on its campuses. Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator said, "I don't know that public school is really the entity to provide information on gun safety. In Columbia Public Schools, guns are banned on campus. They are banned from teachers having it, banned from students having it. It would be a violation of safe and drug free schools to have guns on campus."

Chappelle-Nadal said in her release, "I simply want to make sure that children do not have easy access to guns...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. "

"Actually that really isn't a function of public schools to regulate gun ownership," said Baumstark. "I do get the premise for what they are trying to accomplish with that. Although it puts another mandate on schools that really isn't the function of what public schools are."

 The senate bill says that 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.

More News

Grid
List
CHICAGO - The NFL Draft has called and Mizzou answered. Today three former Missouri Tigers were selected in the... More >>
17 minutes ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — There are two weeks left for the Missouri Legislature to pass bills, and some Democrats are... More >>
2 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:27:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said Saturday a man who they arrested on Wednesday has died. ... More >>
6 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
MEXICO — Parents, teachers and potential foster parents are taking the opportunity to offer their kids a better life by... More >>
9 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:15:00 AM CDT in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Republicans are choosing 40 of the 57 Missouri delegates to their national convention and many may not... More >>
9 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:56:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A town hall meeting to explain an updated development code for the city of Columbia was held Saturday... More >>
11 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — What was supposed to be a simple meet and greet resulted in a change of location and some... More >>
19 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — High school students from all over the state traveled to Columbia for the MSHSAA Music Festival, the state-level... More >>
19 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri residents will see more insects this Spring and Summer because temperatures did not hit below freezing enough... More >>
20 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 7:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia utility department recently sent out 8,000 incorrect utility bills. Assistant Director Jim Windsor... More >>
22 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Senior Activity Center began its two-day spring garage sale on Friday. The annual garage sale... More >>
22 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — KOMU 8 News is always trying to find new ways to reach our audience. Following a fatal... More >>
22 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:00:00 PM CDT in Your View
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year increase to Missouri's budget that adds more than $460... More >>
23 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 4:08:53 PM CDT in News
FULTON — A student organization from Westminster College was recently recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting held at... More >>
23 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 3:59:00 PM CDT in News
COLE COUNTY — Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped by floodwaters from the Missouri River on Friday morning, according... More >>
23 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 3:43:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — With moving season almost in full swing, the Better Business Bureau is warning customers to be cautious as... More >>
23 hours ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 3:42:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — In an email to faculty, staff and students Friday, MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced a diversity leader... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 3:09:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man accused of shooting at several people in a St. Louis park, including a park... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 2:34:01 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
4pm 75°
5pm 75°
6pm 74°
7pm 70°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
5:00p
Paid Program
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
3:00p
Employee of the Month
5:00p
Crazy Talk
5:30p
Crazy Talk

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld