Updated Thu, Jan 3, 2013 1:03 pm
Hundreds of Ohio educators are interested in a firearms training program offered by a gun rights group in the wake of a deadly Connecticut school shooting.
The Buckeye Firearms Association says 24 spots were available for a free, three-day class to train teachers to use firearms at the Tactical Defense Institute of West Union, Ohio.
The group says more than 650 teachers expressed interest.
The association will cover the cost of the Armed Teacher Training Program through its education foundation and outside donations.
Ken Hanson, legislative chair for the association, says a date has not been set for the training because much of it will take place at an outdoor shooting range and is dependent on the weather.
The participants have not yet been chosen, but the Tactical Defense Institute is in the process of screening applicants.
The topic of arming teachers in the classroom has recently come to light after a gunman killed 20 school children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Ohio attorney general has said districts should be the ones to decide if teachers can carry weapons in school.