2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 30, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Skowronski, R. Brooks, Kleefisch,
Allen, Brandtjen, Edming, Gannon, Horlacher, Knodl, Kremer, Krug,
Mursau, Quinn, Ripp, Rodriguez, Schraa, Thiesfeldt and Tusler,
cosponsored by Senators Moulton, L. Taylor, Nass, Tiffany and Wanggaard.
Referred to Committee on Education.
AB427,1,2 1An Act to amend 119.04 (1); and to create 115.28 (64) and 120.12 (14m) of the
2statutes; relating to: comprehensive firearm education for high school pupils.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the state superintendent of public instruction to jointly
develop a curriculum for a comprehensive firearm education course to be offered as
an elective to high school pupils. The bill requires the state superintendent to jointly
develop the curriculum with the Department of Natural Resources, a law
enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearms safety or that
certifies firearms instructors.
The curriculum must be prepared before the first school year that begins after
the bill is passed. Under current law, a school year begins on July 1 and ends on June
30. The bill does not require a school district to offer the course, but if a school district
does offer such a course, the course must be taught or supervised by an individual
who demonstrates proof of training in firearms safety. The bill prohibits the presence
or use of live ammunition in such a course.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB427,1 3Section 1. 115.28 (64) of the statutes is created to read:
AB427,2,74 115.28 (64) Comprehensive firearm education. (a) In consultation with the
5department of natural resources, a law enforcement agency, or a national or state

1organization that specializes in firearms safety or that certifies firearms instructors,
2jointly develop a curriculum for a comprehensive firearm education course to be
3offered as an elective to pupils enrolled in the high school grades beginning in the
4school year that begins after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts
5date]. The state superintendent shall ensure that the jointly developed curriculum
6incorporates the history, science, and mathematics of firearms, together with all of
7the following:
AB427,2,88 1. The different types and mechanics of firearms.
AB427,2,99 2. Principles of firearms safety, including:
AB427,2,1010 a. The location of safety devices on different types of firearms.
AB427,2,1211 b. How to engage a safety device on a firearm and know whether a safety device
12on a firearm is engaged.
AB427,2,1313 c. How to safely carry a firearm.
AB427,2,1414 d. How to safely transport a firearm.
AB427,2,1715 (b) Require a school district that offers a course developed under par. (a) to
16retain an adult who satisfies the proof of training requirement under s. 175.60 (7) (e)
17to provide or supervise the instruction.
AB427,2 18Section 2. 119.04 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB427,3,619 119.04 (1) Subchapters IV, V and VII of ch. 115, ch. 121 and ss. 66.0235 (3) (c),
2066.0603 (1m) to (3), 115.01 (1) and (2), 115.28, 115.31, 115.33, 115.34, 115.343,
21115.345, 115.363, 115.365 (3), 115.38 (2), 115.415, 115.445, 118.001 to 118.04,
22118.045, 118.06, 118.07, 118.075, 118.076, 118.10, 118.12, 118.125 to 118.14, 118.145
23(4), 118.15, 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, 118.163, 118.164, 118.18, 118.19, 118.20,
24118.223, 118.225, 118.24 (1), (2) (c) to (f), (6), (8), and (10), 118.245, 118.255, 118.258,
25118.291, 118.292, 118.293, 118.30 to 118.43, 118.46, 118.50, 118.51, 118.52, 118.53,

1118.55, 118.56, 120.12 (2m), (4m), (5), (14m), and (15) to (27), 120.125, 120.13 (1), (2)
2(b) to (g), (3), (14), (17) to (19), (26), (34), (35), (37), (37m), and (38), 120.137, 120.14,
3120.20, 120.21 (3), and 120.25 are applicable to a 1st class city school district and
4board but not, unless explicitly provided in this chapter or in the terms of a contract,
5to the commissioner or to any school transferred to an opportunity schools and
6partnership program.
AB427,3 7Section 3. 120.12 (14m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB427,3,108 120.12 (14m) Comprehensive firearm education. If the school district offers
9a course in comprehensive firearm education developed under s. 115.28 (64), prohibit
10the presence or use of live ammunition in the course.
AB427,3,1111 (End)