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A firearms safety instructor says SAFTI, the Saint Louis Association of Firearms Training Instructors, is offering St. Louis-area school teachers what he calls “almost free” training so they can obtain a concealed carry permit.

Instructor Michael Meyer said the offer is good for any certified teacher in the St. Louis area or from outstate Missouri.

Meyer said those who take part must pay the range fees, but the class will be free. He said range fees typically run about $15 and classes for a concealed carry permit generally run from $80 to $150.

In a debate where emotions run high, Meyer says he heard the same arguments several years ago when Missouri voted on the concealed-carry law.

“When concealed carry passed they said there would be wild-west shoot outs, blood in the street,” he said. “None of that’s happened.”

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