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First Baptist Wylie offered free CHL class

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WYLIE, Texas -

The NRA is preaching its message of continued gun ownership in Houston, while a local church offered a free CHL class.

Former Navy SEAL and now children's pastor Scott Phillips taught the free class in Wylie to anyone who was interested.

"We are very well aware there are folks who would never walk through the doors of a church if it's not for something like this," said Phillips. "It's a service to our community, people are getting them."

Of the 300 reserved spots, only 50 are members of the Wylie megachurch.

The Burkhart's aren't members. They said they just wanted to feel more comfortable carrying a gun and that the class was an eye-opener.

"The chances of me actually pulling a gun are slim statically but I just like having that option,"
said David Burkhart.

His wife Michella feels the same. "It's really about knowing what I'm doing and knowing the rules and the laws," she said.

Pastor Phillips used to teach fellow SEAL's how to use their combat weapons. On Saturday, he taught everyday folks the fundamentals of a handgun in case they ever need to use it.

"It's a big deal. I told them you're not here to get a library card okay.  You're getting a license to carry a gun and with that comes a huge a responsibility, said Phillips.

"Our prayer is that nobody ever has to use their handgun to defend themselves, their friends or loved ones," he said.

A Former Texas Highway Patrol Trooper walked them through their rights as a concealed carrier. Then the students were tested on it. Later they'll head to the range which is a key component.

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