Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department to offer gun safety classes for teachers

(Source: WGCL)

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the Gwinnett County sheriff's department is offering teachers gun safety classes.

The department says it wants to support teachers in any way they can in regard to their personal safety outside the classroom.

The class is being offered at the end of March.

The department isn't saying they'll train teachers for the classrooms, but simply giving gun safety. But the idea of arming teachers is being proposed, including by President Trump.

However, District 13 Democratic Congressman David Albert Scott says he has a better idea.

"My suggestion...would be to put our National Guard to work," said Scott. "That's what they are there for. Whenever we have an emergency, we bring in our National Guard. That will give an immediate presence. They're trained for firearms, they're visible with the firearms."

Scott also says he's a lead sponsor of a bill that will permanently ban assault weapons. He attended a Town Hall Saturday on the value of public services and unions in Atlanta.

The classes are getting mixed reaction from residents. Archie McCain, who once had a child in the school district, thinks it's a good idea.

"I think it's a good idea. I don't think it should be forced on teachers, but I think something has to be done to improve safety for the children and we certainly haven't solved it yet," said McCain.

Others, like former Gwinnett County Public Schools administrator Maureen Pond, think it might not be as safe as people believe.

"I just don't think it would be safe. As an administrator, I would be out there checking the classrooms and making sure the kids were all safe and I could see a teacher getting nervous that I'm at their door and not realizing and shooting me," said Pond.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway says as many as 200 teachers have signed up so far for the classes.

Under current law, teachers cannot bring weapons to the classroom.

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