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                                                                  AB 2263
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          Date of Hearing:   May 5, 2004

                           ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
                               Jackie Goldberg, Chair
                    AB 2263 (Dutton) - As Amended:  April 15, 2004
           
          SUBJECT  :   Health instruction.

           SUMMARY  :   Firearms safety.  Specifically,  this bill  

          Encourages the inclusion of instruction on safe firearms storage  
          and accident prevention techniques for persons who encounter a  
          firearm in instruction on public health and safety issues.

          Prohibits the use of any actual firearm for this instruction.

           EXISTING LAW   requires inclusion of instruction in public health  
          and safety issues in required courses of study for grades 1-12.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   None, according to Legislative Counsel.

           COMMENTS :  

          According to the author:  "Health and Safety classes teach our  
          young children about drugs and alcohol so they understand the  
          risks associated with their use.  Common sense dictates that we  
          also educate children about firearms so they learn the  
          potentially fatal consequences of improper handling of a loaded  
          weapon."
           
          According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2001 firearms  
          killed 386 children in California.  Two instances of such  
          accidental shootings, a 12 year old boy and a 14 year old girl,  
          occurred in the author's district.

          According the author, there is a need for firearms safety  
          education in areas of the state where firearms are likely to be  
          kept and stored in homes.  Accidental shooting deaths are  
          avoidable and we must give children the knowledge to keep them  
          safe.

          The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence states, "For years, the gun  
          lobby has claimed, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that  
          'gun safety' education is the key to prevention.  The primary  
          flaw with 'gun safety' programs as preventive devices,  








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          particularly as they apply to young people, is that they place  
          the burden on young people to protect themselves from grave  
          risks created by irresponsible adults.  We have not and will not  
          support any program that embraces this dangerously misguided  
          approach?   Unfortunately, AB 2263 moves in the wrong direction,  
          and we must oppose it."

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :   

           Support 
           
          California Association for Health, Physical Education,  
          Recreation & Dance
          Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

           Opposition
           
          Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Dee Brennick / ED. / (916) 319-2087