Senate Bill Update – Who teaches gun safety in Arizona public schools?

Elmer Fudd with gunSB 1437 Schools; gun safety instructors; certification
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Background:
School districts and charter schools are currently allowed to offer an elective course in firearm marksmanship designed by the Arizona Gun Safety Program Course. The current statue (15-714.01) requires instructors to be certified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
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Bill proposal:
The bill sponsors want to bypass the current AZ Game and Fish certification requirement and allow the school programs to be taught by anyone who is certified by “a national association of firearms owners.”
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Bill sponsors:
Senator Al Melvin (LD26), Rep. Frank Antenori (LD30), Rep. David Gowan (LD30), Rep. Steve Pierce (LD1),  Rep. Frank Pratt (LD23), Rep. Doug Quelland (LD 10)
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Does the Arizona Education Network support or oppose this bill? OPPOSE
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Why?
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–First and foremost:  we wonder why are our legislators working on this bill when we have an unresolved $4 billion budget and a number of much larger issues in our public schools??
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This piece of legislation appears to be much more about earning political points from the gun lobbyists than it is about improving our Arizona schools or supporting our students.
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–Note the language on the bill: Public school firearms teachers could be “certified by the Arizona Game and Fish department or by a national association of firearms owners” (emphasis ours).   Which national associations?  What are their ‘certification’ standards?
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There are a wide number of national gun groups and we suspect that their firearm instructor certification standards range from stringent to downright dodgy.   Common sense dictates that we maintain some basics standards that can be monitored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department before we allow firearm instructors to teach in our public school.
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Learn More

Current Arizona School Gun Safety Program Statue, Curriculum Standards and Guidelines can be found here.
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SB1437 can be viewed here.  Proposed changes to existing legislation appear in blue.
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3 Responses to “Senate Bill Update – Who teaches gun safety in Arizona public schools?”

  1. […] This bill bypasses the current instructor certification requirement and would allow instructors to be certified by a “national association of firearms owners”.  (See our detailed analysis here.) […]

  2. Craig says:

    For the 2010 session, HB2017 (http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/hb2017p.pdf) has been proposed to amend the “national association of firearms owners” language to language specifying the NRA.

    Not sure why they are proposing this, but with this bunch, I assume bills like this one are bad news.

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