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Safety awareness has risen since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. 

On Saturday, locals got a crash course in personal protection from a former law enforcement specialist.

Two years ago, Jeff May developed a company called Apex Security Consulting in Carson City. He says holding safety courses gives everyday citizens the tools to protect themselves.

"The cry has been that they're tired of it, they're tired of being victims," May says.
And they're tired of the action. Shooting and just the carnage. And they need some tools to where they can fight back and have a winning chance."

Dozens of people filled a room inside Cabela's to get some free training. In an hour and half, May covered what to do, and what not to do, if a shooting happens in a public place like a school or a mall. He taught people the basics, but also demonstrated several ways to turn the gun on the shooter, something called a "takeaway."

He says making the techniques simple will make it much easier for people to remember if a situation does ever come up. May also covered how to identify an active shooter and how to determine a threat, before it's a threat.

People in the class, including 17-year-old Jordan Kennedy, told us this training was a great opportunity they didn't want to pass up.

"Insurance I guess," Kennedy says. "Make you feel a little more comfortable in school. A little more aware. Feel less like a victim."

May holds 8 hour-long courses for folks who sign up, and will offer school teachers and staff free training in the near future as well.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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