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Response ‘overwhelming’ to armed teacher program

Published: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 5:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

A free program to train teachers and school administrators on how to use firearms has gotten an overwhelming response.

Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, reports that more than 650 educators in Ohio have expressed interest in the Armed Teacher Training Program.

Irvine’s organization decided to offer the program following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Ct., where 20 children and six educators were killed.

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Irvine said he knew the training would be popular.

“We’re up over 650 people just from Ohio. It’s really been an overwhelming response,” he said.

Ohio law allows school staff members to carry firearms as long as the school board approves it.

The Buckeye Firearms Foundation is a non-profit educational organization based in Ohio and staffed by volunteers.

Irvine said the idea is to provide educators more advanced training than is required for a concealed carry permit.

The program is still being developed and the first class has not been scheduled.

For more information, visit www.BuckeyeFirearms.org.