Legislation recently introduced in the South Carolina Legislature would require educators to teach an NRA-approved gun rights course in schools.

State Reps. Alan D. Clemmons, Richie L. Yow and Garry R. Smith, all Republicans, filed the “Second Amendment Education Act of 2015” in response to zero-tolerance gun policies in the state’s schools that have caused a backlash against citizens’ gun rights, they said.

“I was happily ignorant that our schools had squelched any discussion regarding Second Amendment items until recently when a student in Summerville, South Carolina, was suspended from school and charged criminally for authoring an essay in response to a school assignment wherein he shot a dinosaur, of all things,” Clemmons told the Index Journal. “When it comes to the Second Amendment, we shouldn’t be following fact-intolerant policies that prohibit any expression with regard to our important Second Amendment in school.”

He added in an interview with The Greenville News, “By avoiding second amendment speech in schools, we are giving short shrift to the one amendment that protects all others.”

The legislation requires all South Carolina public schools to “provide instruction in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution for at least three consecutive weeks during one grading period in each academic year.” Also, within 30 days of law’s enactment, “the state superintendent of Education shall adopt a curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association or its successor organization.”

The bill would also designate Dec. 15 as “Second Amendment Awareness Day,” to be celebrated in all schools, complete with poster or essay contests based on the theme, “The Right To Bear Arms; One American Right Protecting All Others.”

The date of the proposed awareness day has already drawn criticism, since it would come a day after the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Additionally, educators and others said three weeks is an inordinately long period of time to devote to instruction on a narrow subject, and impractical given the demands already placed on teachers.

The legislation’s authors, however, argue the extra time is justified since they said the Second Amendment is the lynchpin for the rest of democracy.

The “Second Amendment Education Act of 2015” will not be the only gun rights legislation debated by South Carolina lawmakers this session. A second bill, this one filed in the Senate by GOP Sen. Lee Bright, would allow schools to offer a gun safety or gun marksmanship course as an elective, according to The Greenville News. Students would be bused off-campus to a gun range and taught how to use guns, as well as receive instruction on gun rights.