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  • Summary date: Apr 26 2019 - View Summary

    Enacts new GS 115C-81.90 requiring the State Board of Education (State Board) to develop or identify an academically rigorous elective course on firearms and ballistics that can be offered at the high school level, at the discretion of each local board of education. Sets out requirements for the course content. Prohibits a local board of education offering the class from allowing the use or possession of live ammunition or a fully assembled or fully functional firearm in a classroom setting; however, does not prohibit the lawful possession of live ammunition or a firearm by a law enforcement officer, acting in his or her official capacity, on educational property.

    Requires the State Board to establish the course of study for the elective by December 31, 2019. Also requires establishing criteria for grant proposals by educators to develop a curriculum for that elective, including a requirement that the curriculum be completed no later than August 1, 2020. Requires proposals to be accepted no later than March 31, 2020, and requires the grant to be awarded no later than May 1, 2020. 

    Appropriates $100,000 for 2019-20 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to fund grants for the curriculum development. Effective July 1, 2019.