A new law will require Virginia’s education department to come up with a gun-safety curriculum for public elementary schools that incorporates guidelines from the National Rifle Association.
The law allows local school divisions to offer gun-safety education to pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade. While each school board can decide whether to offer it, those that do must use the state curriculum - which will include rules used by the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.
Legislation passed in March by the General Assembly had included an amendment that allowed the curriculum to include materials from the National Crime Prevention Center. Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed removing the amendment because there is no such group, and the legislature on Wednesday approved his change. There is a similarly named National Crime Prevention Council.
The key to safety is education.