Senate Bill No. 11
(By Senator Bailey and Love)
[Introduced January 12, 2000; referred to the Committee
on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section eight-a, article two, chapter
eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to mandating an
orientation program in firearms and firearms safety in the
public schools; and specifying course requirements.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section eight-a, article two, chapter eighteen of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, 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 be added.