Arizona school district asks parents to sign gun pledge

FILE: Dec. 22, 2012: People look over a table of handguns for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri.

FILE: Dec. 22, 2012: People look over a table of handguns for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Reuters)

An Arizona school district is asking parents to sign a pledge promising to lock up their guns and teach their children about the "dangers and consequences" of the misuse of firearms.

The Arizona Daily Independent reports that parents enrolling their teens in high school and junior high schools in the Flowing Wells Unified School District in Tucson are being asked to sign the pledge as part of the district's registration process.

Under the terms of the contract, parents must agree to "keep any guns and all weapons under lock and away from school grounds and away from my children," the newspaper reported.

At least two parents have expressed concerns over the contract, which district superintendent David Baker said was written several years ago and slipped through the review process.

District officials told the Arizona Daily Independent there will be no consequences for parents who refuse to sign the contract and that the document will be reviewed to avoid confusion.

Arizona has permissive gun laws and firearms can be carried openly. The state now generally bans taking guns on school grounds, though some groups have said they should be allowed in schools in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Gun control proposals went nowhere in the Republican-led Arizona Legislature after the January 2011 shooting that wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.

In the next two legislative sessions, state lawmakers twice approved bills to allow guns in many public buildings without airport-style security and once to allow them on higher-education campuses.

However, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed all three versions of those two bills that reached her desk. She said last May her veto of the latest such bill reflected public unease.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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