North Carolina bill would allow high school firearms courses

Lawmakers in North Carolina are set to debate a bill that would allow a firearms education elective course to be taught in high schools.

Sponsored by Republican Rep. Jay Adams, House Bill 612 would authorize local school boards to offer the high school firearms courses, WSOC-TV reported.

The bill calls for the North Carolina Board of Education to develop the course, which would include gun-related elements of history, science, and math, as well as firearms safety instruction.

The course would not incorporate target or shooting practice, as it would not allow live ammunition.

As expected, parents had mixed reviews of the bill, with some advocating firearms education and others not wanting it anywhere near their children’s schools.

“I don’t think they should,” Jenny Rorie said. “There’s enough violence going on without them doing that.”

Another parent, Allen Shaw, said the more firearms education the better.

“I think education, first and foremost, is essential, before actually obtaining a firearm,” Shaw said.

In North Carolina, 18-year-olds can legally purchase shotguns and rifles, but are not allowed to buy handguns.

“If they have the opportunity to buy, they should have the opportunity to be educated,” Shaw said. “We’ve got too many people out there right now that are wanting to buy guns that don’t have any background with them.”

The bill has not yet been referred to a House committee.