Bill would add handguns to camp safety classes

Capital News Service
LANSING – Would you let your child handle a pistol if you were not present? Legislation introduced in the House would allow youth in a camp-like setting to receive firearms instruction and safety training from professional instructors without parent or guardian supervision. Currently the Boy Scouts offer rifle and shotgun instruction from professionals but the bill would allow Scouts to begin practicing with handguns. Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, introduced the legislation. “Scouting, shooting and hunting are things that are deeply ingrained in the heritage of our life in northern and mid-Michigan, “Potvin said.