Senate Bill 136 History
Senate Bill No. 136
(By Senators Bailey, Minard, Unger, Love, Foster, McCabe, Helmick
[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee
on Natural Resources; then to the Committee on Education; and
then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-2-8a of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to mandating an orientation program
in firearms and firearm safety in public schools; and
specifying course requirements.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-2-8a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-8a. Course of study in firearms and firearm safety.
The State Board of Education
may shall, with the advice of the
State Superintendent of Schools and the Director of the Division of
Natural Resources, prescribe an orientation program for use in
grades seven through nine of the public schools of this State in the safety of firearms. The orientation program shall be offered
over a two-week period during the school year and shall deal with
the protection of lives and property against loss or damage as a
result of improper use of firearms. The orientation program shall
also include instruction about the proper use of firearms in
hunting, sport competition and care and safety of firearms in the
home and may utilize materials prepared by any national nonprofit
membership organization which has as one of its purposes the
training of people in marksmanship and the safe handling and use of
firearms. The county superintendent may shall arrange for such the
orientation program in the safety of firearms and its use in each
school in the county.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the State Board
of Education to prescribe an orientation program in firearms and
firearms safety in the public schools of this State with the advice
of the Division of Natural Resources.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would