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Gun Safety Bills: What lawmakers are proposing

On a day when students were out protesting gun violence, two Idaho lawmakers were meeting with the public tonight about their two bills that address guns. (File Photo)

On a day when students were out protesting gun violence, two Idaho lawmakers were meeting with the public tonight about their two bills that address guns.

Both lawmakers say they have plans to make our schools safe. So Representatives Ron Nate and Heather Scott have introduced two bills. They address firearm safety education in Idaho public schools.

Both lawmakers met with a small crowd tonight at Independence Indoor Shooting. Their goal, to have what they called a healthy conversation about gun culture and safety.

"Bringing gun culture to a younger age takes some of the stigma out of the firearm. You know kids play video games and watch movies they get a lot of misinformation about what firearms really can do or what they're about," said Steve Zimmerman, Range Operations Manager.

Tonight, Representative Nate outlined House Bill 433.

His proposal calls for children to receive equal firearms education, but not mandated. He says the programs have been proven to be highly effective.

"In other words kids who have gone through this education program, show an 80 percent reduction in the number of accidental firearm related gun deaths," Nate said.

Representative Scott's bill, 565, proposes retired law enforcement could carry on school grounds from kindergarten to college campuses. That would include college dorms, residents and event centers filled with more than one thousand people.

"They're well trained and they're there to protect kids too," Nate said.

So here's where both bills stand.

Representative Nate's bill has been passed by the house but is waiting to be voted on in the senate.

Representative Scott's bill has passed both houses and awaits the Governor's signature.

More than a dozen people came out tonight to hear both lawmakers speak. Questions focused on policy and lasted an hour.


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