By Victor Trammell Gun-rights advocates plan to provide weapons training for 200 Utah teachers. These advocates believe arming teachers and licensing them to carry concealed weapons is the key to protecting schools from deadly shooting rampages. The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it would offer a $50 concealed weapons class free of charge for teachers. Instruction using plastic guns is set to begin at noon today inside a conference room at Maverick Center. The Maverick Center is a hockey arena in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley, Utah. Arming teachers is an idea gaining popularity after the deadly Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. In Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association claimed it was launching a test program in tactical firearms training for 24 teachers. “Schools are some of the safest places in the world, but I think teachers understand that something has changed – the sanctity of schools has changed,” said Clark Aposhian, a Utah concealed weapons instructor. “Mass shootings may still be rare, but that doesn’t help you when the monster comes in,” Aposhian continued. (The Associated Press) Gun-rights advocates believe that teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in the critical first few minutes to protect children in the event of a school shooting. In the State of Arizona, Attorney General Tom Horne has proposed amending state law to allow at least one teacher or administrator in each school to carry a licensed concealed weapon. In an interview with The Associated Press, Clark Aposhian also stated: “We’re not suggesting that teachers roam the halls for an armed intruder. They should lock down the classroom. But a gun is one more option if the shooter breaks into a classroom.” Clark Aposhia is also the chairman of Utah’s most powerful gun lobby, The Utah Shooting Sports Council.