New legislation was introduced in North Carolina with a focus of giving students additional extracurricular class options. The new option is firearms education.
House Bill 612 was filed by Representative Jay Adams, and it is focused towards giving the stateroom to develop a firearms education course and all the class, this includes “firearms safety education as recommended by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association” which will be offered as an elective to students in high school.
The course would be developed by the Board of Education in North Carolina, and it has already been decided that live ammunition would not be allowed in the classroom. The class will also cover history and mechanics of firearms, with an emphasis on the important of gun safety.
Via Bearing Arms:
“I think education, first and foremost, is essential, before actually obtaining a firearm, Allen Shaw said.”
“If they have the opportunity to buy, they should have the opportunity to be educated,” Shaw said. “We’ve got too many people out there right now that are wanting to buy guns that don’t have any background with them.”
“It would be a very beneficial course, said Tres Cobb.”
“Handling, no. Teaching, you know, learning the mechanics, the designs, the many different firearms that there are, there’s nothing wrong with that, Isiah King said.”
Of course, liberals were up in arms about the whole ordeal. Here are just some of the comments from them on the matter:
“I think it would hurt and help. It’s kind of like a catch-22, said Tanica Wilkerson.”
“I don’t even see the point in that, Jenny Rorie said. I don’t think they should, there’s enough violence going on without them doing that.”
“I think high school is a little early, Wilkerson said. I think some of those kids are not ready for that type of environment, to be exposed to something like that. I don’t feel like they’re mature enough.”
“Under federal law, citizens under the age of 21 cannot purchase handguns, however, 18 year-olds can purchase a shotgun or rifle – guns which would be a part of the proposed high school course. If passed, the course would be available in schools at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.”