As previously reported, yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law a bill that expands firearms safety training opportunities for Michigan youth. House Bill 5085, which took immediate effect as Public Act 201 of 2014, corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan’s youth in the safe use of pistols.
"This new law makes it easier for young people to gain critical pistol safety training in a controlled environment," noted Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. "In the past, family members, scout leaders and even firearms range instructors could not instruct youth unless a parent was physically present. In practical terms, this will mean more Boy Scouts can qualify for pistol shooting merit badges and grandparents will now be able enjoy a day at the range with their grandkids."
House Bill 5085 achieves this goal by amending the previous law to provide that an individual who is 21 years or older, has successfully completed a state certified pistol training course, and has obtained parental authorization, may supervise and provide instruction in the safe use of a pistol at a target range.
"Safety training and familiarity are the two most important components for decreasing the likelihood of firearm accidents," added Cox. "On behalf of the NRA's five million members, we want to thank the Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, the bill sponsors and Governor Rick Snyder for supporting this important piece of legislation."
Please also take a moment to thank the state legislators who voted in support of HB 5085. Contact information for your state Representative can be found here, and contact information for your state Senator can be found here.