Utah Lawmakers OK Gun Safety Training for Middle Schoolers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A committee of Utah lawmakers has approved a bill to provide middle school students with classroom training on what to do if they encounter a weapon or if a gunman enters their school.
A Senate committee voted 4-0 to advance the proposal Wednesday. It moves to the full Senate for debate. The plan would teach kids not to touch a gun if they find it and instead alert an adult. Supporters say it could save lives because many young people are not given adequate gun safety education at home.
Critics say the courses could put guns in a negative light by teaching kids to fear firearms. Utah has a law allowing gun safety courses in schools but this bill goes further by setting aside $75,000 for it and requiring additional training.