Neighbors up in arms over college gun courses
WOODLAND HILLS (CNS) – A neighborhood council in Woodland Hills has asked a community college there to cease offering NRA gun safety extension courses on its campus.
The Daily News reported Saturday that the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council has asked for the classes to be moved off campus, because of fears for the safety of thousands of children playing soccer at Pierce College on weekends.
“They felt it was inappropriate to have gun training on campus on a Saturday when there could be thousands of kids on campus,” council president Scott Silverstein was quoted as saying in the Daily News. “The soccer fields are jammed with kids and there are classes going on.”
The neighborhood council voted 10-9 to ask that the extension classes be moved off campus, the newspaper reported.
Members also voiced concern that someone would see guns being carried into the school buildings and call police.
The NRA Basic Pistol Course is offered one Saturday per academic quarter, and a personal firearms familiarization course two weeknights per quarter, the newspaper said.