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Missouri Senate endorses bill to allow gun safety course

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 7:24 a.m. CST; updated 9:42 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri first-graders could see an addition to their curriculum under a bill given first-round approval in the Missouri Senate.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would give school districts the option to teach a National Rifle Association-sponsored gun safety program to students in first grade. It would also allow schools to implement a training program for teachers and other personnel on responding to intruders.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Brown, of Rolla, originally would have required schools to adopt both programs. But opposition from Democratic senators caused Brown to make the training and gun safety course optional.

The measure needs one more affirmative vote before moving to the House.


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