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ARIZONA STATE SENATE
Forty-seventh Legislature, First Regular Session


FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1271

schools; Arizona gun safety program



Purpose

Allows school districts and charter schools to offer a one semester Arizona gun safety program course in rifle marksmanship. Specifies the minimum requirements for the course.


Background

Arizona law currently allows the Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide training in the safe handling and use of bows or firearms and safe hunting practices, in conjunction with common and high schools requesting the training. Game and Fish may prescribe the course of study, approve instructional materials, certify instructors for training programs conducted by private organizations or public agencies and issue certificates of course completion.

Any individual who has reached age ten is eligible for the Game and Fish voluntary training courses in the use of bows or firearms. Any courses held for students in the common schools and high schools are elective only, and attendance in such classes is not used in the computation of a school district’s student count. Game and Fish may cooperate with other agencies and private organizations to carry out these training programs.

School districts and charter schools implementing the gun safety program may realize a negative fiscal impact associated with student transportation costs and shooting range fees.


Provisions

1. Allows each school district and charter school to offer a one semester elective course in rifle marksmanship designated as the Arizona gun safety program course in addition to the voluntary training in the use of bows and firearms prescribed currently allowed under state law.

2. Requires a student to be deemed to have satisfactorily completed the Arizona gun safety program course by demonstrating the ability to safely discharge a .22 caliber rifle at a paper target.

3. Requires the gun safety program course of instruction to be jointly developed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Public Safety and private firearms organizations and allows for the inclusion of materials provided by private youth organizations.

4. Requires the Arizona gun safety program to include, at a minimum, the following components:

a) instruction on the rules of gun safety.

b) instruction on the basic operation of firearms.

c) instruction on the history of firearms and marksmanship.

d) instruction on the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom.

e) instruction on the constitutional roots of the right to keep and bear arms.

f) practice time at a shooting range.

g) demonstration of competence with a .22 caliber rifle.

5. Requires school districts and charter schools to arrange for adequate use of shooting range time by students in the Arizona gun safety program course at any shooting range that was built in whole or in part with federal funding.

6. Requires students who satisfactorily complete the Arizona gun safety program course to receive a certificate of accomplishment.

7. Specifies that no provision regarding the Arizona gun safety program is to be construed to limit or expand the liability of any person under other provisions of law.

8. Becomes effective on the general effective date.


Prepared by Senate Research
January 31, 2005
 

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Excellent!

Are these politicians actualy working "FOR" us...!! Id like to see this one pass as well..
 

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Arizona Governor Signs Bill, Teaches Actual Gun Safety

Not CCW but worthwhile anyways. I remember when they actually had the marksmanship program in school!


Arizona Governor Signs Bill, Teaches Actual Gun Safety

A gun-safety bill for children breaks new ground. Worth one credit toward a high school diploma, the course requires Arizona students to safely discharge a firearm at a target to pass. American high schools used to have firing ranges in the basement, but the tradition began fading in the late 1960s. Gun-rights proponents believe that training and education leads to increased safety and responsible behavior.

The bill's designers, concerned that "gun safety" could be turned into "gun avoidance" by gun-control politics, included statutory rules like the "shoot safely" requirement, to prevent unintended change. Other requirements include: Instruction on the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom; the constitutional roots of the right to keep and bear arms; the history of firearms and marksmanship; the basic operation of firearms; practice time at a shooting range, and more.

The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. (AGFD), specified by law as the course instructors, are discussing the specifics of the curriculum. AGFD has currently trained more than 18,000 school students in archery, a shooting sport, and are pleased with the final version of the bill, which they supported.

The law began as an idea and rough draft from Bloomfield Press publisher Alan Korwin, who asked, "Why don't we make marksmanship a requirement for a high school diploma? We know many kids get no gun-safety training, and marksmanship teaches responsibility, improves concentration, and affects national preparedness." Because a required course would have budget implications and likely sink the bill, State Senator Karen Johnson introduced the class as an elective. It sailed through the Senate unanimously, and through the House by a veto-proof nearly three-to-one margin. Governor Janet Napolitano signed it into law on April 11 (the text follows).

Sit back and enjoy:

ARIZONA STATE SENATE BILL 1271
Enacted 4/11/05

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona: Section 1. Title 15, chapter 7, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-714.01, to read:

15-714.01. Arizona gun safety program course

A. IN ADDITION TO THE VOLUNTARY TRAINING IN THE USE OF BOWS AND FIREARMS PRESCRIBED IN SECTIONS 15-713 AND 15-714, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CHARTER SCHOOL MAY OFFER AS AN ELECTIVE COURSE A ONE-SEMESTER COURSE IN FIREARM MARKSMANSHIP THAT SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS THE ARIZONA GUN SAFETY PROGRAM COURSE.

B. A PUPIL SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED THE ARIZONA GUN SAFETY PROGRAM COURSE BY DEMONSTRATING THAT THE PUPIL HAS THE ABILITY TO SAFELY DISCHARGE A FIREARM.

C. THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION PRESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE JOINTLY DEVELOPED BY THE ARIZONA GAME AND FISH COMMISSION, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND PRIVATE FIREARMS ORGANIZATIONS AND MAY INCLUDE MATERIALS PROVIDED BY PRIVATE YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS. AT A MINIMUM, THE ARIZONA GUN SAFETY PROGRAM COURSE SHALL INCLUDE:

1. INSTRUCTION ON THE RULES OF GUN SAFETY.

2. INSTRUCTION ON THE BASIC OPERATION OF FIREARMS.

3. INSTRUCTION ON THE HISTORY OF FIREARMS AND MARKSMANSHIP.

4. INSTRUCTION ON THE ROLE OF FIREARMS IN PRESERVING PEACE AND FREEDOM.

5. INSTRUCTION ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROOTS OF THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

6. INSTRUCTION ON THE USE OF CLAY TARGETS.

7. PRACTICE TIME AT A SHOOTING RANGE.

8. DEMONSTRATION OF COMPETENCE WITH A FIREARM.

D. SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALL ARRANGE FOR ADEQUATE USE OF SHOOTING RANGE TIME BY PUPILS IN THE ARIZONA GUN SAFETY PROGRAM COURSE AT ANY ESTABLISHED SHOOTING RANGE.

E. PUPILS WHO SATISFACTORILY COMPLETE THE ARIZONA GUN SAFETY PROGRAM COURSE SHALL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.

F. INSTRUCTORS SHALL BE CERTIFIED BY THE ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT.

G. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT OR EXPAND THE LIABILITY OF ANY PERSON UNDER OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW.
 

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Great!

I recall when this was first publicized, I thought it would have a snowball's chance. Glad to see I was wrong.

Good for you folks in AZ. Looks like your elected representatives have their collective act together.

SSKC
 

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Shakes head in near disbelief - but transitions to wide grin - thinking about just how darned great this seems to be. :smile:

Maybe in small corners, here and there - there is yet hope. Just make sure Brady does not get to hear of this - all hell might break loose. :rolleyes:
 

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And signed by a Democrat governor, to boot. There are probably "other reasons" she signed it but it's now law nevertheless! :wink:
 

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Gov Napalitano may be a Demo, but she also signed a proclaimation declaring Ben Avery Shooting Range a jewel of the state. She doesn't have anything against gun owners, except when she edorsed sKerry...
I am a life long Republican, and she asn't irked me too much yet...
We almost had lifetime CCW, too.....
 
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