A local business is giving free classes for full-time educators to get their concealed handgun license. Cornerstone Tactical Institute on Avenue Q and 28th started the classes this past weekend and says the response from teachers has been huge.
No school district in Lubbock is even considering allowing employees to carry on campus, but that's not stopping area teachers from signing up.
Cornerstone instructor Steve Farley says January 12th was the first time they offered the free discount to teachers wanting to get their license. Out of the 40 people who attended Farley says the majority were teachers, and the second class scheduled in February is already filled.
"They're really excited about it. In fact one gentleman who was an educator said there are a lot of us teachers who are really behind this, and if you can get teachers behind it there are a lot of things you can get accomplished," Farley said.
He says the main reason teachers and school employees are taking advantage of the free class is because many are worried about school safety, especially with the recent Sandy Hook Elementary shootings still fresh in their minds.
"I think it's finally gotten to the point the teachers realize when something like that happens they're the ones who are there. Generally when the phone call is made to law enforcement and they respond, even though it is quick, a lot of times those situations are almost over. Teachers are the first line of defense many times," he said. "Teachers become teachers because they care about children, and they're also concerned about the children's safety."
Farley says they typically charge around $125 for the classroom section of the CHL. That fee is waived for anyone who works in a private or public school full time including teachers, school nurses, counselors and other employees. However, the state and range fees still apply.
With the next class already filled to capacity, the next available classes are March 16th, April 13th, May18th and June 15th.
The classes are open to anyone interested, but the discount only applies to educators.
For more information on the classes and how to sign up you can visit their Facebook page by (clicking here) or you can call 806-239-0653.
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