Utah teachers given gun training after Newtown

Teachers in the US state of Utah have been offered free training in handling guns in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting.

Gun-rights activists provided 200 teachers with six hours of training in the use of concealed weapons at an event on Thursday.

Teachers in Utah were given training in handling a gun following the Newtown massacre Credit: APTN

Kelly Hansen, a special education teacher from Salt Lake City in Utah, told Reuters, "I feel like I would take a bullet for any student in the school district".

"If we should ever face a shooter like the one in Connecticut, I'm fully prepared to respond with my firearm", she added.

The move comes after the National Rifle Association (NRA) proposed placing an armed officer at every school in the US following the deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.