More teachers arming themselves

More teachers arming themselves

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Following last month's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many central Texas teachers are looking to arm themselves.

Sarah George, an elementary school teacher, is aiming to get a concealed handgun license. George is one of 10 central Texas teachers taking a CHL course at Tactical Choices in southwest Austin.

"After the shootings you know it puts it on your heart to want to protect your kids and your classroom," said George.

According to the company's website, CHL classes here cost $399. However it is only $20 for teachers, the cost to cover the ammo. Instructor Steve Wolf says he has selfish reasons for lowering the price.

"I've got three kids in school and if somebody came in and tried shooting up that school I damn well want the teachers to be able to provide the protection the kids need," said Wolf.

It's that protection that elementary school teacher Caleb Zammit wants to provide.

"If someone is going into a school with guns they'd know that the teachers have the ability to defend themselves," said Zammit.

Right now most school districts in Texas don't allow teachers to carry guns on campus, but that could change as many Texas lawmakers have their sights set on arming teachers.

George says if the time comes, she is ready take on the responsibility.

"I myself would feel comfortable having a gun and having the experience in practice and feeling comfortable to do it having it in my classroom," she said.

Currently, there is one district in north Texas that allows teachers to carry guns, but none in the Austin area.

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