South Carolina state Sen. Katrina Shealy (R) announced Monday that a local gun club was offering free concealed weapon permit classes to teachers and school officials.

“In light of the tremendous tragedy at Sandy Hook, it is imperative we do all we can to keep our children safe and our schools secure,” she said in a statement. “These CWP classes will go a long way in ensuring good, law-abiding educators are competent, safe, and well-instructed in the legal carrying and use of firearms.”

Following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, state Rep. Philip Lowe (R) introduced a bill allowing teachers with concealed weapon permits to bring their firearm to school. Shealy said she supported the proposal.

Gun advocates like the National Rifle Association have called for armed guards to be installed in every school in the country, but Shealy told WLTX that it wasn't enough to stop mass shootings.

"You can have an armed guard in every school and that is not going to stop this from happening, because that guard may be in the gym when this guy comes in the back door," she explained.

Watch video, courtesy of WLTX, below: