An environmental bill including several pro-gun and pro-hunting facets has passed the Minnesota legislature and is headed to Gov. Tim Walz.
Lawmakers approved an omnibus environment and natural resources spending bill, SF 7. The state’s game and fish fund includes a $500,000 grants to school districts to increase firearms safety, trap shooting, archery, hunting, and angling activities in physical education classes.
“We’re trying to help get our Minnesota kids away from the TV and get them out in the woods and on the water again to get them hooked on the outdoors and hooked on fishing,” said state Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, about the proposal earlier this year.
The grants will be issued through the no child left inside grant program established under Minnesota law. Minnesota has seen a large growth in their high school shooting sport activities. Their High School Clay Target League began in 2007 with just 30 participants on three teams. Last year's count was 12,000 participants across 349 school-based clubs.