CONTROVERSIAL BILL MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.. COULD CREATE A GUN EDUCATION COURSE IN SCHOOLS. W-N-C-T’S KELLY BYRNE JOINS US NOW.. WITH REACTION ON THE BILL.. KELLY? “HOUSE BILL 612” IS DRAWING SUPPORT — AND CRITICISM — AS IT WOULD ALLOW TEACHING A FIREARMS COURSE IN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. NAT POP GUN NEARLY 50 PERCENT OF ADULTS IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE A GUN.. IT’S WHY SOME LEGISLATURES – AND PARENTS – THINK OFFERING A GUN COURSE IN SCHOOLS.. WOULD BE ADVANTAGEOUS. “we live in the country so we have guns to protect ourselves. We’re very much into making sure their educated on how to correctly use them and safely us them.” OTHERS BELIEVE THE COURSE SHOULD NOT BE PART OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.. “I think school is a bad place for it.” THOMAS SINGLETON SAYS SCHOOL IS NOT A PLACE TO DISCUSS HOW TO USE DEADLY FORCE.. “with so much violence going on, it doesn’t take a whole lot to take a disagreement. Then it leads to violence, more shootings in schools.” MOST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AREN’T OLD ENOUGH TO PURCHASE A GUN. SINGLETON SAYS.. IF YOU CAN’T PURCHASE A GUN.. YOU SHOULDN’T BE TAUGHT HOW TO HANDLE ONE. “as a teenager, you’re not mature enough for a gun.” BUT THAT DOESN’T STOP MANY SCHOOLS IN THE EAST FROM HAVING “HUNTER EDUCATION TEAMS.” “our goal is to make sure that students that are going to handle a firearm whether it’s for hunting or recreational pleasure, do so in a safe manner.” HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR JOSEPH NOBLE TEACHES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THE SAFETY OF USING GUNS.. THROUGH AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY. “how you handle ammunition, how you store things in the home. What you do and don’t do with the firearm. To make sure they understand the safety principles.” THOSE VERY THINGS.. WOULD BE TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM DURING THE SCHOOL DAY — IF THE BILL PASSES. IF THE BILL PASSES AS IT’S CURRENTLY WRITTEN.. THE CLASS WOULD NOT BE MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS. IT WOULD ALSO NOT PERMIT THE USE OF LIVE AMMUNITION. KELLY BYRNE.. NINE ON YOUR SIDE.