Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 17, 2013

Vets offer gun training to Oklahoma teachers

McALESTER, Okla. —

A veterans group plans to offer a free firearm safety class for teachers and staff in Pittsburg County even though Oklahoma law does not allow for instructors to carry weapons in the classroom.

Alton Smith of the Disabled American Veterans in Krebs, Okla., said the move was educational. “We just want to help educate the school’s staff and help them get certified, if they are interested,” Smith said.

The organization will provide firearms and 50 rounds of ammunition for each teacher who signs up. Smith, who said he’s a certified police firearms instructor, will lead the class.

Some would like to see Oklahoma’s gun laws changed.

State Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapula, said he plans to introduce legislation that would allow teachers to carry weapons. “We cannot continue to be shackled by politically correct, reflexive, anti-gun sentiment in the face of the obvious — our schools are soft targets,” McCullough told the Tulsa World.

Meanwhile Rep. Brian Renegar, D-Blanco, said he disagrees with the proposed legislation. “We would be better served providing security guards at the schools,” Renegar said.

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Details for this story were provided by the McAlester (Okla.) News-Capital.

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