New Missouri Law Allows Schools to Teach NRA Gun Safety Course to First Graders

July 14 2013
by GSL Staff
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Photo: Bernard Pollack (CC License)

Photo: Bernard Pollack (CC License)

A new law in Missouri, just recently signed into law by the governor, will allow schools to have the option to add an NRA gun safety course to their first grade curriculum.

The proposal, which was originally written as a mandate, was made optional during debate in the state senate.

The same bill also moves control of state carry permits under the control of county sheriffs as opposed to driver’s license clerks. This measure was put in place after it was found that Missouri shared the information of its permit holders with the federal government.

Governor Jay Nixon just last week vetoed a bill which would have allowed teachers to carry guns in schools and also invalidate most federal gun laws within the state.

The school gun safety bill continues small victories in a national trend of moving away from zero tolerance policies in regards to guns to more “common sense” approaches. This can be seen in several states that have passed legislation allowing teachers to carry firearms, the reversal of several “imaginary gun” suspensions, and removal of at least one “zero tolerance” policy.

Hopefully most schools will opt to include the gun safety instruction in their first grade curriculums as education about guns is one of the best ways to cut down on gun related accidents.

According to Fox News,

The program includes a video in which an eagle character teaches children four basic rules if they see a gun: “STOP! Don’t touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”

“It’s teaching a great safety message to children that could possibly save their life,” said Eric Lipp, the NRA’s national manager of community outreach.

In many cases, Lipp said, the course is taught by police serving as school resources offices and the materials are provided for free by the NRA. He estimated that the program has been used in thousands of schools.

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