Bill proposed to establish gun-safe education programs

Posted February 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

by Meghan Boggess and Matt Evans

A Missouri senator is promoting a measure that would require Missouri school districts to train their faculty to respond to situations involving firearms and intruders.

Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, filed the bill one day before the Connecticut shooting. The bill would put gun-safe programs into effect in Missouri’s public schools. Brown acknowledged some confusion surrounding his bill, but stressed that the bill promotes “gun-safe education” rather than gun safety.

“This bill has nothing to do with teaching kids how to shoot,” Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Brown’s bill would function in two parts, the first focusing on education for teachers. The proposal would establish a training program for all school faculty members on how to respond if a firearm or intruder is found on school grounds.

The legislation would also require schools to establish a gun-safe education program for students, such as the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program for first-grade students.