Washington Senate Endorses NRA Child Gun Safety Program

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Senate has endorsed a National Rifle Association program to teach kids about gun safety.

    

Under the joint memorial passed Friday, schools and pre-schools would be encouraged - but not required - to adopt the "Eddie Eagle" gun safety program.

    

The program consists of an animated bird of prey telling preschoolers and elementary school students what to do when encountering a gun: "Stop! Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult."

    

Supporters of encouraging the program's use say it would save lives.

    

Opponents say they can't support the NRA-backed initiative when the Senate has yet to hold a hearing on a universal background check for gun purchases bill that the NRA staunchly opposes.

    

The joint memorial passed by a vote of 40-8 and goes next to the House.

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