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An Idaho lawmaker wants high schools to teach gun safety classes as electives


An Idaho lawmaker has proposed a bill to bring gun safety classes into public high school classrooms.

State Rep. Ronald Nate proposed the classes would be electives, so students wouldn't have to take them if they didn't want to, according to our partner at KBOI. 

The guns would not have any actual ammo, according to the bill introduced Thursday.

We're just talking about guns and gun safety. We're not getting into marksmanship and gun clubs or anything like that.
Idaho Rep. Ronald Nate

The bill is still young and has not yet had a hearing. 

It proposes the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a local law enforcement agency or firearms association could write the curriculum.

Bringing it into the schools makes it more available. It's not an after-school event that parents would have to schedule for.
Cindy Pratt Carrell

Cindy Pratt Carrell, manager of Impact Guns in Boise, said it was a "great idea," but finding qualified teachers was a top concern. 

Should gun safety classes be taught in schools?

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