SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Clark Aposhian has been teaching concealed carry classes for decades, but Thursday was his was the first for educators only.
Aposhian said, "We've always felt it's important to make sure that our teachers are not unarmed or rather disarmed."
Now more and more educators are feeling the same. Thursday’s seminar at the Maverick center was completely full, and surprisingly, it was made up predominately of teachers and most were women.
"I really thought we'd have more educators, not just teachers, and that we'd see more men as is typical in most conceal carry classes,” explained Aposhian.
Local gun stores are also seeing an increase in women. At “Get Some Guns & Ammo” at least one female teacher has come in recently to ask about arming herself in her classroom.
Beau Haskell told ABC 4 News, "She didn't want to scare the kids so she wanted a smaller gun to have it concealable.”
Right now Utah is one of only six states that allow conceal carry permit holders to carry guns into schools. The Utah Shooting Sports Council hopes other states will look to Utah as an example that arming teachers works.
“We haven't had any problems, any accidental shootings, guns left behind any of the dire predictions that were forecasted by some of our naysayers,” said Aposhian. “We haven't had any school shootings either."
About the popularity of the conceal carry class, Aposhian says, "It's obvious, it tells me the teachers feel vulnerable. That they've always been vulnerable and now they're realizing it."