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Missouri gov. signs gun-safety course for first-graders

Published July 13, 2013
Associated Press

  • In this photo, Dan Blackford, right, shows Rory Strain, 12, how to hold a shotgun at a shooting range in Houston. (AP)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri schools will be encouraged to teach first-graders a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association as a result of legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The new law stops short of requiring schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. But by putting it in state law, Missouri is providing one of the stronger state-sanctioned endorsements of the NRA-sponsored firearms safety course, which the group says is taught to about 1 million children annually.
The legislation also requires school personnel to participate in an "active shooter and intruder" drill led by law enforcement officers.
Both the staff and student training initially were proposed as mandates when the legislation was filed on Dec. 13, which was the day before a gunman massacred 26 people in a Connecticut elementary school, including 20 first-graders. The provision about the first-grade gun-safety course was amended to make it optional during Senate debate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/13/mo-gov-signs-gun-safety-course-for-first-graders/#ixzz2Yy0dHlYY
 
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