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Firearms Organization Offers Free Gun Training To Teachers
A local gun rights organization is offering free firearms training to teachers.
The Buckeye Firearms Association announced the new training at a townhall meeting Thursday night. The first three-day course for 24 teachers is scheduled for early next month. The course will include class tuition, ammunition, and lodging.
“The long-term goal is to develop a standard Armed Teacher curriculum and make the training available to any teacher or school official,” said Ken Hanson, the organization’s legal chair.
“To begin, we will use funds from our educational foundation and solicit donations from corporations to pay for the pilot program. Going forward, we will seek funding from a variety of sources to expand the program.”
The state will also begin offering “first-responder” training to teachers. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the course beginning January 14 will focus on identifying a potential attacker, and what to do in the event of a school shooting or other emergency.
DeWine says the decision to arm teachers in classrooms should rest with local school boards.