OREM, Utah (News4Utah) Around 50 Orem teachers have signed up for a class that will allow them to carry a firearm while at school.
“This isn’t anything new. There are already guns in the classroom. There are teachers in Utah are carrying concealed,” Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said.
Lt. Martinez would know. His daughter brings a gun to her classroom while teaching every day.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy or gal with a gun,” Lt. Martinez said.
After the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, Orem Police announced they will offer a free concealed firearm permit class to all teachers within the city March 17.
In Utah, anyone with a valid permit can take a firearm into a school.
The Utah Education Association told News4Utah, “The UEA supports measures that will ensure a safe learning environment for employees. We’ve seen no evidence to demonstrate that arming teachers will enhance school safety.”
Lt. Martinez said so many teachers signed up for the class, Orem Police is considering holding two.
“This isn’t to make teachers carry handguns or carry concealed weapons into classrooms, this is giving the ones who want to do it for free,” Martinez said.