RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some Virginia lawmakers have submitted a bill to create stiffer penalties for irresponsible gun owners.

The proposal comes just a few days after Deja Taylor was sentenced to two years in prison for felony child neglect, nearly a year after her son used her gun to critically wound teacher Abby Zwerner at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News.

The bill was submitted by two Democrats in the state Senate earlier this week.

According to the bill, a gun owner who allows a minor to possess or transport a firearm in violation of the law would be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

It would also elevate the penalty to a Class 5 felony if the owner knows or reasonably should know that the minor has previously been charged with a violent juvenile felony or is classified by a school-initiated threat assessment as moderate risk or higher.

Legal analyst Scott Goodman says it’s a way to close a gap.

"This law, for the first time, would allow the prosecutors to charge a parent or a gun owner with the negligent act of allowing the child to have the gun. To be held responsible and be sent to jail. There is no law like that in effect right now," he said.

Goodman says if this bill were a law during Taylor's trial, it probably wouldn't have meant much because the prosecutors charged her with a felony which supersedes the misdemeanor this law would impose. 

The bill will now be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.