Louisiana passes elementary school gun safety education bill

Louisiana passes elementary school gun safety education bill

The state Senate agreed 38-1 that a House bill to allow firearm safety and accident prevention training for elementary students in Louisiana schools was a good idea.

After flying through the House in a 93-3 vote last month, the bill found easy approval in the legislature’s upper chamber, winning bipartisan support. Unanimous House concurrence Tuesday afternoon sent the measure to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval.

Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, a competition shooter, and former contestant on the History Channel’s Top Shot television program, sponsored the legislation.

“The goal is to save children’s lives and protect our youth,” explained Miguez.

Miguez’s legislation, HB 446, allows public school districts to allocate time and funding to administer gun safety lessons modeled after the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program and folds such instruction into existing curriculum. While the bill allocates no funds, a fiscal note prepared with the legislation outlines that grant monies might be available.

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