Utah House passes bill to create high school gun safety class, two other gun safety bills

Utah House passes bill to create high school gun safety class, two other gun safety bills

HB258 was a subject of debate on the House floor Friday, while two other gun safety bills passed handily on to the Senate. (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) NRA-certified instructor Michelle Camp takes aim with a custom Arm Lite 9mm as she joins other women at The Gun Vault shooting range in South Jordan May 23, 2018. The Utah House passed three new gun safety bills, including one that would create a pilot program for gun handling classes in Utah high schools. The Utah House of Representatives passed three firearm safety bills Friday, among them a controversial bill to create a high school firearm safety class. HB258 would create a pilot program to provide a half-credit semester course in gun handling for high school students. The bill passed 47-21 in the House and will next move on to the Senate. The bill sparked debate on the House floor, with some representatives questioning whether teaching a gun safety class in a public high school is necessary or even permissible. Rep. Joel K. Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, said he has qualms about funding gun handling education with taxpayer dollars while many districts have moved driver’s education outside the school day and left parents to foot the bill. A better way to supplement students’ already packed course loads, he suggested, might be to add another semester of civics education. Under HB258, the State Board of Education would select schools to participate in the pilot program based on interest. Students who […]

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