Utah parents may have the option of opting their children into a gun safety course next year through their child’s school.
That’s the intent of SB43, which passed the Senate last month and was given an early endorsement from the House on Tuesday.
The bill provides $75,000 to create a pilot program to teach students what to do if they encounter a firearm, what to do if a they learn of a threat against a school, and how to respond in other scenarios. The money could be used to provide live instruction or to develop a video that could be shared publicly.
Firearms would not be used in the instruction.
Bill sponsor Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said the program would be optional for both schools and parents, but the instruction would be politically neutral and geared toward safety and prevention.