Bill aiming for gun safety instruction in classrooms

Bill aiming for gun safety instruction in classrooms

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As one state senator tries to add gun safety to elective lists at South Carolina schools, school administrators are thinking about how his proposed legislation would look in their classrooms.

State Sen. Lee Bright is proposing a one-credit elective called the South Carolina Gun Safety Program course. The bill would cover a variety of firearms safety and instruction topics then, put students to the test at the end to ensure they can handle and fire a gun properly.

"Anything we can do to promote safety and help protect [students] as they get into the woods here because they do a great deal of hunting," said Robert Sullivan, superintendent for Florence School District Two.

About 10 years ago, Hannah-Pamplico High School students received gun safety instruction as a seminar from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in physical education class.

Superintendent Sullivan said he likes the idea of bringing gun safety back to classrooms, but he's unsure about the logistics of creating a full semester elective.

All kinds of schools are mentioned in the bill as being able to add this elective, including public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and home schools.

However, as a parochial school, Risen Christ Lutheran School wouldn't take the opportunity to add a gun safety course.

"I don't necessarily think it is really something that we would want," said Jessica Taylor, of Risen Christ Lutheran School. "Especially because knowing our older students we do have here. It's kind of bringing it to the forefront and kind of bringing it into their minds."

The bill will be brought up in the committee on education. The 2015 legislative session begins Tuesday.

Another bill is looking to bring gun awareness to schools through the Second Amendment. You can view the details on the Second Amendment Education Act here.

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