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USA : West Virginia state mulls gun lessons for children

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US state mulls gun lessons for children

February 01 2008 at 10:06AM

Washington - West Virginia is considering a bill to teach schoolchildren how
to handle a gun and hunt safely its proponent hopes will increase state
revenues from hunting licenses, a state lawmaker said on Thursday.

"We will teach a hunting safety course during their physical education
class," state senator and bill sponsor Billy Wayne Bailey told AFP. The
courses would be imparted in secondary schools, from the eighth to 10th
grade (13 to 16 years of age).

"They will learn gun safety, the proper use of fire arms. All the weapons
will be disabled so there is no chance of discharging," he said, adding that
the state Senate was expected to take up the bill next week.

"Hunting is an economic and cultural thing and we have seen a decline of
hunting licenses over the past years," said the lawmaker, explaining that
his bill would boost interest in hunting in West Virginia.

Children 10 years and older can already apply for a hunting license in West
Virginia, which makes $1,5-billion a year from hunting-related activities,
the senator said.
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