STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Suburban gun range offering free training for teachers

A suburban gun range is offering free training to teachers. Illinois law currently prohibits guns in schools, but ran...

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 1:54 AM
Updated: Mar 16, 2018 1:54 AM

A suburban gun range is offering free training to teachers. Illinois law currently prohibits guns in schools, but range owners said it hasn't stopped educators from signing up.

At the On Target Range and Tactical Training Center, they are pulling out the welcome mat for teachers and offering free instruction at one of their conceal and carry classes.

"I have a vested interest as a father when I let my little girl go on the bus in the morning I can't protect her," Thomas Dorsch, the director of operations, said.

Dorsh said one day after he put the word out, the response from area teachers and other school employees has been beyond his wildest expectations.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook for the last 24 hours and we already have 100 people signed up," he said.

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and Wednesday's walkout out by students across the nation in protest, President Donald Trump advocated arming teachers.

But teachers' unions and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police believe it's better to have professionally trained police and security guards.

But customers at On Target, like Michelle Panek and her daughter Sam who is a teacher in training, are open to the idea.

"I think it's wonderful. I think teachers should be equipped to help protect the kids in the classroom and themselves," Panek said.

Dorsch acknowledges there are risks to having guns in school, but it may be able to stop even just one innocent person from being killed in yet another school shooting.

"If the bad guys know in this particular school there are some armed teachers they aren't gonna be coming around," Dorsh said.

State law prohibits concealed carry licensed holders from bringing guns into schools but Dorsch said these classes would prepare teachers in case that law changes.

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
40° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Kokomo
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 31°
Rensselaer
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 30°
Fowler
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 30°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
40° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 33°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 33°
Frankfort
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 32°
Delphi
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 32°
Monticello
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 32°
Logansport
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 37°
Fair Weather Continues
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 350970

Reported Deaths: 5973
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion47763893
Lake30007480
Allen20256333
Elkhart18510245
St. Joseph18319243
Hamilton14971181
Vanderburgh10862134
Tippecanoe991133
Porter915392
Johnson7484177
Hendricks7143163
Vigo6580105
Monroe591453
Madison5732125
Clark564884
Delaware5434108
LaPorte5171104
Kosciusko501846
Howard400578
Bartholomew367565
Warrick360574
Wayne355192
Floyd348878
Marshall333949
Cass319132
Grant315652
Hancock307762
Noble284750
Boone274656
Henry272141
Dubois262934
Jackson255237
Morgan251845
Dearborn249733
Gibson217033
Shelby212861
Knox207722
DeKalb204438
Clinton202224
Lawrence200549
Wabash190623
Miami188118
Adams187424
Daviess174246
Montgomery167029
Jasper165015
Ripley164521
Fayette163837
Steuben163016
Harrison162024
LaGrange156533
Whitley156516
Huntington147211
White147024
Putnam142530
Wells142533
Decatur141846
Randolph139524
Clay138026
Jefferson137618
Posey133620
Scott124024
Greene117954
Jay113315
Sullivan109018
Jennings102415
Starke100828
Spencer9578
Fulton94219
Fountain9228
Perry88021
Washington8789
Franklin79528
Carroll79313
Orange74428
Vermillion72810
Owen71410
Parke6796
Tipton66527
Blackford62715
Rush6278
Newton62113
Pike57421
Pulaski48020
Benton4423
Brown3995
Martin3896
Crawford3421
Union2972
Switzerland2765
Warren2763
Ohio2477
Unassigned0285

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events