Make it a felony to let a minor take a gun to school

Make it a felony to let a minor take a gun to school

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Darrell Lucus started this petition to North Carolina State House and

On January 31, 2019, a pre-K student at Mount Gilead Elementary School in Mount Gilead, North Carolina was caught showing off a fully-loaded semi-automatic Smith & Wesson pistol to his classmates. The boy was suspended from school for the rest of the year. His mother, Sadira Hitchcock, is currently facing charges of failing to secure a firearm from a minor.

Considering the danger this posed, this is not nearly adequate enough. The gun could have potentially gone off, harming either Hitchcock's son or someone else. Simply put, Hitchcock's negligence was inexcusable.

It is equally inexcusable that Hitchcock isn't presently facing felony charges. The fact that she allowed a gun to get in her son's backpack, thus exposing who knows how many people to danger, is the very definition of child endangerment. It sends the wrong message that her current charges don't reflect this. The message needs to go out--if a parent's negligence results in children being put in danger from a gun, that parent will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

There is only one way to send that message. If a parent fails to secure a firearm from a minor, that parent must face felony charges. That would be a much more meaningful deterrent against such outrageous conduct. 

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