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Teachers continue to take advantage of free gun training class; three months after Sandy Hook

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Area teachers continue to fill gun training classes nearly three months after the deadly shooting in Newtown, CT.

A class held at the Rowan Wildlife Association in Salisbury provided the free class for current teachers and administrators in the Rowan and Cabarrus county school system.

"There's some legislation that's coming down that may make it easier for them to protect themselves at school," Instructor Claude Paris said.

Indeed several new bills have been filed since the first of the year. One North Carolina senator wants to create what he calls 'school safety marshals'. These marshals could be teachers or volunteers who pass a special training course. They would provide armed security at schools without a resource officer during an emergency situation. This bill was introduced by state Republican Senator Stan Bingham from Davidson County.

Two other bills would allow certain individuals at private schools to carry a gun.

Right now, only law enforcement officers are allowed to have guns on school grounds in North Carolina.

And some think that's the way it should stay, citing active shooter training is just one of the things separating School Resource Officers from a teacher with just a concealed carry permit.

A recently released poll showed a vast majority of teachers say they don't want to carry a gun in the classroom.

Ninety-two percent say they feel safe and believe their students feel the same.

Charlotte Mecklenburg schools recently proposed adding fences around mobile classrooms, surveillance cameras and electronic entries. Rock Hill schools are talking about adding better lighting, more cameras and buzzers on doors.

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