A child’s parents are the most important instructors when it comes to firearms. Even so, as a child develops a passion for firearms and hunting, it is always helpful to have some outside assistance.
Your child will become more exposed to gun violence as they grow up through television and video games.
Unfortunately, in comparison to adults, children don’t realize these games are unrealistic. However, preventing your kids from seeing inappropriate movies and entertainment is not always possible.
Take advantage of the chance to discuss how firearms were used or abused, and point out how the movie violated the safety standards you’ve set for them.
You and your child may also benefit from discussions about gun violence that appear in the news media.
Despite the sadness associated with firearm accidents, especially those where the accident was preventable, they provide a valuable teaching moment.
You shouldn’t be afraid to share these stories with your child and discuss ways to handle similar situations if they arise.
You can help your child hone their skills and teach them good gun handling habits by enrolling them in a hunter safety course or a youth rifle course.
Parents know that children are more open to learning from people who are not their parents!
Gun Courses For Children
Gun courses for kids are becoming more popular as awareness of gun violence in schools grows. Some states have already passed legislation making it mandatory for children to take these courses before they can get their first firearm.
Gun courses for kids are designed to teach children about gun safety, gun laws, and how guns work. These courses are usually taught by law enforcement officers who have been trained in firearm safety.
So, which types of classes can your children take?
Eddie Eagle Program
There is an online curriculum called the Eddie Eagle Program that is extremely popular. Initially developed over 30 years ago, this program is a popular choice to teach parents how to introduce gun safety to children in an engaging way.
In addition to providing parents with resources, it is also a popular choice for schools. There is a lot of information for children to help them understand the importance of this subject.
Youth Rifle Course
Children between the ages of 10 and 16 can take a two-hour rifle training course at Keystone Shooting Center. New shooters will learn how to handle a rifle in this course.
When your child completes the course, he/she will know how to safely handle, carry, and shoot a rifle. Additionally, firearm safety is discussed and reinforced in this course.
On the range, the children will have the opportunity to practice live fire as well as receive instruction. Rather than teach gun skills, this course emphasizes gun awareness and safety. How does this work?
By providing a safe, educational environment, we hope to satisfy your child’s curiosity about firearms and provide valuable skills to help them handle them safely.
It is recommended that parents accompany children to this class. By seeing what your child sees and hearing the instructions he or she receives, you will be able to help them more effectively.
Your children are more than welcome to learn about firearms from them, but there are only so many things we can get accomplished in two hours. So, in addition to continuing the discussion at home, you should also help your child better understand firearms.
Kidwise Firearm Safety Course for Children
Kidwise Firearm Safety for Children is another popular course. Also included are interactive video content and materials that highlight the importance of keeping a distance from firearms when you see one.
In addition to supporting ethical and humane use of wildlife, this course furthers education and instruction development. It is provided by Canadian conservation and hunter education. The program started in 1984.
Youth Pistol Course
Keystone Shooting Center offers a youth pistol course in addition to their youth rifle course. This two-hour course is geared toward children ages 12 and older and aims to familiarize them with handguns.
The two segments of the class are separate. In the first part of the workshop, safety is emphasized heavily in a classroom setting. Your child will also receive live instruction on the range to get familiarized with this specific type of firearm in the second section of the course.
Young people can take advantage of the Youth Pistol course to learn about handguns and how to use them safely. Children need to be taught how to handle a gun in a safe environment if they are going to prevent a gun-related accident.
We believe that age is not always an accurate indicator of a person’s maturity, even though the minimum age to take this course is 12. As parents, you should use your best judgment to decide if your teen or preteen is ready to learn about firearms and handle them.
Hunter Safety Course
In the state of Pennsylvania, every person who wants to hunt for the first time must complete a hunter-trapper education course before taking the hunter license exam. Children can take a Hunter-Trapper education class as young as eleven years old.
Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to the class. Taking this course with your child will open the door for many great discussions about firearm handling and safety and a great refresher course for experienced hunters.
Pennsylvania’s course covers topics of safe hunting, basic survival skills, firearm safety, responsible hunting behaviors, and basic shooting.
In light of the variety of topics it covers, you shouldn’t expect it to teach your child everything they should know, but it’s an effective way to tie together many of the concepts they’ve learned from you as you prepare for a hunting trip.
Hunter safety courses are run in a classroom for children younger than 16 years of age. This means your child will be able to interact directly with an instructor and other hunters, allowing them to ask questions and learn from others.
Investing in a child’s future means teaching him or her to shoot. Educate the child appropriately, reducing the risk and maximizing the benefit.
Use appropriate protective gear, teach them at the right time, emphasize both safety and fun, and choose a convenient location.
Besides building their confidence, discipline, and self-reliance, you will also help them improve their shooting abilities.
Larry, who is a family man and a gun enthusiast, enjoys keeping his collection in pristine condition. He also likes to take his kids shooting as often as possible.