Gun safety class for Oregon first graders expected to return next Legislature

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Oregon first graders could attend gun safety classes at their schools under legislation pushed this year and expected to return next session.

While the bill outlining this program had solid support from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, it’s unlikely to advance beyond it’s initial public hearing after a deadline for committee work sessions recently expired.

Regardless, supporters were encouraged with its progress and promise to return.

If passed, Senate Bill 801 would have enabled school districts and public charter schools to offer an annual, 30-minute firearm safety and accident prevention class to first-grade students.

The class is not allowed to encourage or discourage gun ownership, or use live ammunition.

Read more here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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