More than 60 people came to the Harrison County 4H Recreation Complex to began the two-part certification process of obtaining their West Virginia conceal carry permits.
Firearms instructors covered a variety of topics, ranging from gun safety to holster requirements.
Even school teachers were in attendance, who said they've learned a lot after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"It makes it really hard to go to work some days. You just don't know what's going to happen, and if I can take the opportunity, to protect my kids, that's what I'm gonna do. My kids are my first priority, regardless of what I have to do to protect them," said Janet Pratt, a teacher in Harrison County.
After passing a written test, participants will then complete mandated range time, where they'll each fire 50-100 rounds.
The sheriff's department said it plans to hold another course in February.