November 30, 2020

A Bill Prosposed by Ohio State Lawmakers

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Here is bill 126 HB 460. Here is the link to that bill. Here is the link to one newpaper editor’s comments about the bill. I can’t find comment in favor of the bill, sorry. You decide!

A BILL

To enact section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code to authorize public and nonpublic schools to offer a course in firearm safety and marksmanship.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:

Section 1. That section 3313.6013 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 3313.6013. (A) The board of education of a school district, the governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, or the governing body of a nonpublic school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards under section 3301.07 of the Revised Code may offer as an elective course a one-semester course in firearm safety and marksmanship designated as the Ohio gun safety program course.

(B) The course of instruction prescribed in this section shall be developed by private firearms organizations and may include materials provided by private youth organizations. The Ohio gun safety program course shall include at least the following:

(1) Instruction on the rules of gun safety;

(2) Instruction on the basic operation of firearms;

(3) Instruction on the history of firearms and marksmanship;

(4) Instruction on the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom;

(5) Instruction on the constitutional roots of the right to keep and bear arms;

(6) Instruction on the use of clay targets;

(7) Practice time at a shooting range;

(8) Demonstration of competence with a firearm.

(C) A school district, community school, or nonpublic school that offers the Ohio gun safety program course shall arrange for adequate shooting range time by pupils at an established shooting range.

(D) To satisfactorily complete the Ohio gun safety program course, a pupil, in addition to meeting any other criteria established by the school district, community school, or nonpublic school for satisfactory completion of the course, must demonstrate the ability to discharge a firearm safely. A school district, community school, or nonpublic school shall give each pupil who satisfactorily completes the course a certificate of accomplishment.

(E) Every instructor in the Ohio gun safety program course shall be certified by the national rifle association, the executive director of the Ohio peace officer training commission pursuant to section 109.75 or 109.78 of the Revised Code, or a governmental official or entity of another state.

(F) Nothing in this section limits or expands the liability of any person under any other provision of law.

Tom Remington

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