Minnesota Republican Pushing Gun Safety, Hunting for Physical Ed. Courses

Gun retailer Steven King holds a Ruger SR40C at his Bridgeton, Missouri, shop. Wednesday, investors in Sturm, Ruger & Co. voted to have the gun-maker conduct a firearms safety report. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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Minnesota State Sen. Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids) is pushing legislation to add firearms safety, hunting, and archery, courses to Physical Education curriculum.

Eichorn’s bill, SF 793, is titled the Firearms Safety, Trap Shooting, Archery, Hunting, and Angling in School Physical Education Courses; Grant Program.

It seeks $1 million for the school year 2020-2021 to fund a trial run of the enhanced Physical Education program in a handful of schools.

KARE 11 quoted Eichorn saying, “We’re trying to help get our Minnesota kids away from the TV and get them out in the woods and on the water again to get them hooked on the outdoors and hooked on fishing.”

He added, “We want to start bending that curve to get children to care about the outdoors and the history of and heritage of hunting and fishing in Minnesota.”

Kevin Murphy, a sixth-grade teacher in Cass County, spoke in favor of Eichorn’s bill, noting that his school already teaching courses on fishing, gun safety, “ATV safety, boat and water safety,” and other course pertinent to outdoor life. He said, “That is huge in local culture, the firearms safety part of it, the hunting aspect of it, the outdoor education is all very, very important as a cultural element.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.



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