High Schoolers May Get Gun Ed Classes

High Schoolers May Get Gun Ed Classes
North Carolina lawmakers have crafted a bill that would offer gun education classes as electives in schools throughout the state. photo from reuters.comweb photo

Lawmakers in North Carolina have crafted a bill that would offer gun education classes as electives in for high-school students throughout the state, but the classes can’t include actual guns or be taught in a school classroom.

House Bill 612 would allow the State Board of Education to create an elective class in gun education for high school students wishing to take it, but the course would involve coursework only, according to this story from wcnc.com. No actual firearms or ammunition would be involved, the story says.

The bill states, “The course shall incorporate history, math, and science related to firearms and firearm safety.”

And, the story says, classes would be taught under the supervision of an additional adult and that "parents will likely take comfort knowing that adults would supervise the course at all times." (Are there many classes taught in North Carolina high schools with no adult supervision at all? And it's not clear why a course on the history, science, and math of firearms would require more supervision than an auto shop or a computer programming class.)

The story does not say where these classes will be taught, only that they will not be taught in a classroom.

Still, the chance for teenagers to learn about how firearms work and how to safely handle them is a huge step forward.

"To be honest, once in a while they do need safety classes if they're going to have them," said an unidentified man in the wcnc.com story. "I mean, they'll sell them to them at 18, so they need to know how to use them."