New Missouri law allows school gun safety program for first-graders

NRA Eddie Eagle
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Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Friday a public safety bill that included measures for firearms records and concealed carry permits. But getting the most attention is the provision to allow gun safety programs in schools.

The bill allows schools to teach the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to students as young as first grade, though it does not mandate it, according to the governor’s office.

Senate Bill 75 explained the program as this way:

The purpose of the program will be to promote safety and protection of children and emphasize how students should respond if they encounter a firearm. School personnel and program instructors must not make value judgments about firearms. Firearms are prohibited from the teaching of the program. Students with disabilities will participate to the extent appropriate.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program teaches kids from pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun, according to the NRA website. The program begun in 1988, has reached over 26 million children in all 50 states.



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