RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – A new bill in front of the North Carolina legislature proposes firearms education as a high school elective.
House Bill 612 would allow local boards of education to decide whether to offer a comprehensive firearm education course as a high school elective. No live ammunition would be used or present.
It would then be up to high school principals to approve course instructors.
The State Board of Education would develop the course and incorporate safety education as recommended by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association. The class would also discuss science, history, and math — as they relate to firearms.
Some parents in the East said the course would be advantageous. “We live in the country so we have guns to protect ourselves. We’re very much into making sure their educated on how to correctly use them and safely us them.”
Others believe teaching the use of deadly force should not happen in schools.
“With so much violence going on, it doesn’t take a whole lot to take a disagreement,” said parent Thomas Singleton. “Then it leads to violence, more shootings in schools.”
Many schools in the East have Hunter Education Teams, an extracurricular activity that teaches gun safety to high school students after school.
“Our goal is to make sure that students that are going to handle a firearm whether it’s for hunting or recreational pleasure, do so in a safe manner,” said Hunter Education Instructor Joseph Noble. “How you handle ammunition, how you store things in the home. What you do and don’t do with the firearm. To make sure they understand the safety principles.”
Those very lessons could be taught in the classroom during the school day if House Bill 612 passes.