Utah Students May Soon Get Gun Safety Education in School

If you could choose to have your child take a gun safety course through their own school, would you do it? That’s may soon be an option for Utah parents if SB43 passes the state House on Tuesday.

The bill, which passed the state Senate last month and has been given an early endorsement from the House, according to this story from ksl.com, would provide $75,000 to create a pilot program to teach students what to do if they encounter a firearm.

The program would also educate children about what to do if they learn of a threat to their school and how to respond to other scenarios. It hasn’t yet been determined if the money would be used for live instruction or for the production of a video to be shared publicly.

According to the story, the program would be "politically neutral" and geared toward safety and prevention, and would not use any firearms in the instruction.

"I will be the first to recognize and acknowledge that gun safety training should happen in the home. But I also will be the first to acknowledge that it doesn't always happen," Weiler said in the story. "I am just as concerned, if not more concerned, about children growing up in homes without guns as I am with children growing up in homes with guns."

The program would be optional for both schools and parents in the state, if implemented.

The story points out that Utah's Hunter Education Program began in 1957 and is required for anyone under 21 to obtain a hunting license. In the program's first 10 years, hunting accidents dropped by 85 percent statewide.