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Potential bill aimed at teaching gun safety in schools

If passed, this bill, proposed by Republican, Ron Nate, will allow firearms in the classroom for educational purposes, while banning ammunition.

James Brower, of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game stated, “In the classroom, we use our dummy guns, they’re bright orange, they’re manufactured the same way as other firearms, but they not have a firing pin, so it won’t go off.”

IDFG instructors are the only ones permitted to teach the possible courses in the classroom.

President of Southeast Idaho Practical Shooters, Tim Egan explained, “Like any other thing that can hurt you, like a circular saw, or a drill press, or a lathe, or an automobile, kids receive training before they get to operate those, and they also should need to get trained what to do when they come across a handgun.”

The bill was first introduced last year, originally raising concerns of logistics and finances.

Korie Dursteler, who is also a member of Southeast Idaho Practical Shooters stated, “It’s kind of a standardized thing that they teach all the kids throughout all the schools, say no to drugs. I think what this will do is the similar thing by saying, treat guns in a safe manner.”

The reintroduced bill is currently pending.

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