Tennessee Passes New Bill Requiring Gun Safety Courses in Public Schools

Tennessee legislators have approved a new bill mandating the inclusion of gun safety classes in public school curricula. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s office for final approval.

If passed, this would mark a significant victory for both the Second Amendment and the citizens of Tennessee. Moreover, it has the potential to serve as a blueprint for other states considering similar measures.

Conservatives, weary of the growing emphasis on “woke” social justice topics over fundamental education in public schools, would also view this as a victory.

As reported by FOX News:

Public school students in this state could soon be required to take gun safety courses

The Tennessee state legislature passed a bill, which is now headed to the governor’s desk, requiring public schools to teach “age-appropriate and grade-appropriate” gun safety courses to students starting next year.

“We see this proposed legislation as a critical step in averting firearm-related accidents while fostering greater awareness and responsibility among gun owners,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Chris Todd, a Republican, said in a February hearing.

The Tennessee Senate passed HB 2882 in a 24-3 vote on Thursday after the bill made its way through the House in February. If signed by Gov. Bill Lee, the courses will begin in the 2025-2026 school year.

The gun safety classes would be taught primarily through videos and online resources and would teach things like firearm storage, school safety, and how to avoid getting hurt if a student finds a gun and to immediately notify an adult if a gun is found.

The bill stipulates the lessons will “not include the use or presence of live ammunition, live fire, or live firearms.”

Republican-led legislatures across the nation should take note of Tennessee’s example and consider implementing comparable measures.

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By Hunter Fielding
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