(KCEN) -- School teachers in Tampa, FL got a free lesson in protection this weekend.
Hundreds responded to an offer to teach them how to shoot and carry a concealed weapon.
That's typically not the requirement to take a gun safety course, but today it is.
It all started in the classroom before this group of Pinellas County teachers got some hands on experience.
Then it was time to actually pull the trigger.
Lenny Bogdanos owner of International Executive Protection in Clearwater offered up the free course to Pinellas County teachers interested in learning about carrying a concealed weapon.
The ad went viral and Bogdanos got hundreds of calls and emails.
"Hey if you guys want to learn how to carry a weapon in light of the shooting, I can do that for you and help you," says Bogdanos.
Before the class even started they had somebody out here in the parking lot directing traffic.
People then got out of the cars and got into this line right here that spilled out the door as people registered for the class.
Teacher John Flint says, "Just get educated, saw it was a good opportunity to learn something about safety and guns."
According to teacher Catherine Durst, "I think that every teacher is concerned about the safety of their own families and their own children, just like a lot of people, and um teachers don't have a lot of extra money."
Some teachers admit they took the class because they're worried, especially after what happened at Sandy Hook.
I mean it's always a concern with recent events it can be a big concern.
Fact of the matter is this class is just a chance for these teachers to learn how to safely handle and fire a weapon they're not yet allowed to carry on school property.
So many teachers were interested in the free class there will be another class offered next Saturday.