South Carolina bill would create high school gun class

"I think if they had a hunting team, it would be a great idea," a GOP legislator said

By Jillian Rayfield
Published January 22, 2013 11:08PM (UTC)
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State Sen. Lee Bright, a Republican legislator in South Carolina, says he will support a bill to create gun lessons for high school students, arguing: "We've got football, we've got basketball, and we've got baseball. I think if they had a hunting team, it would be a great idea."

WSPA-TV reports:


The class, dubbed the "South Carolina Gun Safety Program" course, would focus on learning how to properly use a firearm, safety techniques, and the history of the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms, according to Bright.  "The more training we can get on the history of our nation, the founding of our nation, the better," he says.

Bright added that it would just be offered as an "option," and it would take place at an off-site shooting range, not on campus.

Via ThinkProgress.

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