(By Senators Manchin, Tomblin, Mr. President, Chafin, Craigo, Wooton, Jackson, Wagner, Helmick, Walker, Schoonover, Love, Grubb, Deem, Dugan, Minear, Dittmar, Bowman, Scott, Bailey, Boley, Plymale, Miller, Buckalew, Yoder, Blatnik, Whitlow, Oliverio, Ross, Kimble, Sharpe, Wiedebusch and Anderson)

Encouraging school systems in West Virginia to adopt the "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" of the national rifle association and commending the national rifle association for the development of this program.

Whereas, Teaching children to act safely around firearms is a critical step in the ongoing effort to reduce the number of firearm-related accidents among children; and
Whereas, Each year the national rifle association, with the assistance of more than twenty-five thousand national rifle association certified firearms instructors, trains more than seven hundred fifty thousand people in safe, responsible firearm ownership; and
Whereas, It is the belief of the Legislature and of the national rifle association that such training efforts are, to a major degree, responsible for the dramatic decline in gun-related accidents among children fourteen years of age and younger; and
Whereas, The "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" teaches the fundamentals of firearms safety to children in an effective and enjoyable way, communicating to them the lifesaving message offered by the program: "If you see a gun: STOP! DON'T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT."; and
Whereas, The "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" is a nationally recognized firearms safety program that has reached over six million children since 1988; and
Whereas, The "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" was developed by educators to present a balanced, factual message and neither encourages nor discourages gun ownership; and
Whereas, The "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" was awarded the 1993 outstanding community service award of the national safety council; and
Whereas, The "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" was awarded the golden achievement award in 1994 by the national school public relations association; and
Whereas, The American legion passed a resolution in 1994 recognizing the importance of the "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" and encourages its posts and departments to introduce the gun safety curriculum to elementary schools and law- enforcement agencies; and
Whereas, The Legislature encourages civic and community service organizations which are concerned about the safety and well-being of the children of our state to help provide funding for the "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" at the local level; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the members of this body encourage the promotion of the national rifle association's "Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program" to help prevent firearm-related accidents and commend the national rifle association for its diligence and service in developing this program and making it available for use in our communities; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby requested to forward a copy of this resolution to the state superintendent of schools, who is encouraged to make this information available to local school systems, and to the department of education as a formal expression of the sentiment of the Legislature.