Gwinnett sheriff offering firearms training class for local teachers

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway is offering a responsible firearms carry and safety course for local teachers at the end of March, the sheriff’s office announced on Facebook.

After 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, some, including President Donald Trump, have said that teachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons in class in order to disarm a potential school shooter. In Georgia, guns are not allowed in school safety zones. 

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The class in Gwinnett County will include training on Georgia gun laws, including those concerning guns on school campuses. Other topics will include use of deadly force, open and concealed carry and applicable federal statutes, according to the Facebook post. 

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The sheriff’s office also plans on holding a course regarding what civilians can do in an active shooter situation. Dates and registration information for both events will be posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page when available.

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