US state weighing gun lessons for schoolchildren

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									 					[West Virginia]( is considering a bill to teach schoolchildren how to handle a gun and hunt safely its proponent hopes will increase [state revenues]( from hunting licenses, a state lawmaker said Thursday.  "We will teach a hunting safety course during their physical education class," state senator and bill sponsor Billy Wayne Bailey told AFP. The courses would be imparted in [secondary schools](, from the eighth to 10th grade (13-16 years of age). 
          "They will learn [gun safety](, the [proper use]( of fire arms. All the weapons will be disabled so there is no chance of discharging," he said, adding that the state Senate was expected to take up the bill next week.
“Hunting is an economic and cultural thing and we have seen a decline of hunting licenses over the past years,” said the lawmaker, explaining that his bill would boost interest in hunting in West Virginia.
Children 10 years and older can already apply for a hunting license in West Virginia, which makes 1.5 billion dollars a year from hunting-related activities, the senator said.
In Virginia back in the 80’s, there was an elective gun and hunting safety course in our schools. I have to think it is still there but I am not sure. Between the Boy Scouts, 4-H and school, most of the kids I grew up with had a proper respect for firearms.
What did the parents have to say about this?

I see nothing wrong with this, but the school should still get permission from the parents.
If it’s elective I see nothing wrong with it. That’s coming from one of the few non-hunters in my area.

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