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Group offers free weapons training for state teachers

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah group is offering free concealed weapons permit training for teachers.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that instructors with the Utah Shooting Sports Council will provide the course for school employees Thursday in West Valley City.

Organizers say the goal is to arm more teachers in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting, where 20 children and six educators were killed.

The group says teachers will also learn how to respond to an attack.

Utah and Kansas are the only two states that allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns in a school.

The Utah class has been offered to teachers before, but organizers say there is increased demand after the Dec. 14 Connecticut massacre.

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L.A. offers groceries for guns in buyback

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are offering grocery store gift cards for guns in a buyback program that was moved up in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Long lines of cars have formed Wednesday as people turn in weapons at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Van Nuys Masonic Temple.

The anonymous buyback program means weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Handguns, rifles and shotguns can be exchanged for $100 Ralphs grocery store gift cards. Assault weapons earn a $200 card.

The program, designed to get guns off the streets, usually is held in May. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa decided to do it now in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

A buyback in May netted about 1,700 guns.

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