Commissioner calls for gun safety classes at schools

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LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Loudon County Commissioner Van Shaver wants to prevent shooting accidents, especially among children. He says the way to prevent these accident is with with proper safety education.

That's why he's proposing all Loudon County schools to offer gun safety courses, starting the 2016 - 2017 academic year.

"I come to the board of education not as a commissioner, but as a parent and grandparent with the safety of all our children in mind. It's likely that many of these children would never have the opportunity to learn any gun safety anywhere else," says Shaver.

Shaver says the school resource officers currently working in every school are "highly trained, qualified sheriff's deputies with knowledge and background in all aspects of gun safety." That's why he's suggesting these officers could provide the safety training.

Another part of his proposal would make this safety training optional. Parents who don't want their kids to enroll in the safety classes could opt out.

Affiliate Local8News spoke to two school board members who said they thought the proposal was interesting. They plan to discuss it in an upcoming meeting. However, they want the classes to be hands-off, so students are not handling the firearms.