Bill would create firearm safety pilot program in Utah schools

Feb 17, 2021, 8:27 PM
FILE. Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A bill approved by a Utah house committee this week would offer high school students the chance to take a firearm safety course at school.

H.B.258 sponsored by Rep. Rex Shipp (R-Cedar City) would create a 3-year pilot program. The Firearm Safety in Schools course would last for one semester and would be considered part of a student’s physical education class.

“I think it’s important that our school kids have an opportunity to learn about firearm safety,” said Rep. Shipp at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on February 16.

“If you haven’t grown up in a family that does hunting or shooting, you don’t learn the proper safety of firearms.”

The class proposed in H.B.258 would be an elective, available to students in grades 9 through 12. It would also provide an option for parents to prevent their children from taking the course.

“This also covers marksmanship and state laws governing firearms,” Shipp said.  

The bill’s sponsor says students would use non-working, replica firearms in the training course. Shipp stressed the importance of firearm safety, and children having a chance to be exposed to such information, during a committee meeting on Tuesday.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the bill with a 6-3 vote, advancing it to the full house for discussion.


Utah has new firearm safety campaign for kids and teens

Gun sales expected to set new records after Joe Biden’s White House win

Today’s Top Stories


Utah's Hogle Zoo welcomes a new red panda, Priya, to its Asian Highlands exhibit. Photo credit: Uta...
Devin Oldroyd

Hogle Zoo welcomes new Red Panda in effort to conserve the species

Utah's Hogle Zoo welcomes a new red panda, Priya, to its Asian Highlands exhibit. It hopes to breed her with Mow Mow, a red panda currently living there.
2 days ago
USU Aviation The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) created a series of r...
Michele Rowe

Flight instructor, student, die in crash of USU Aviation plane

Officials said a teacher and student affiliated with USU aviation were killed in a plane crash near Wellsville.
8 days ago
USU Aviation The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) created a series of r...
Waverly Golden

Utah State University reports on Latina women’s status in Utah

The Utah State University Utah Women & Leadership Project researched disparities between Latina Women and all women in Utah.
16 days ago
Utah Valley University March 23, 2020.  (Gabriel Mayberry/ UVU Marketing)...
Martha Harris

Utah adults struggling in their civics knowledge, a UVU study said

Utah adults get an almost failing grade in their civics knowledge, according to a study from Utah Valley University.
24 days ago
The Utah State Board of Education building. Utah schools give out a risk prevention survey every tw...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah State Board of Education drops support for risk prevention survey

Utah schools have given kids a health and risk prevention survey since 2003, but the State Board of Education recently pulled its support for the survey.
24 days ago
utah student achievement COVID-19...
Simone Seikaly

Utah student performance knocked down during COVID-19 restrictions

A review of multiple Utah student performance exams found "significant impacts" in mathematics achievement across grades.
30 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Bill would create firearm safety pilot program in Utah schools