Increase in People Getting Concealed Carry License

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

With new proposals emerging aimed at creating stricter gun control laws, those in Bowling Green today are making sure they take advantage of their right to bear arms.

Local concealed carry classes are seeing an increase in students.

Today a fully loaded concealed carry class gave safety tips to those trying to exercise their 2ND Amendment rights.

"20 is a pretty full class we usually have anywhere from 16 to 24 students. We talk about safety in the home, what to do if your stopped by a police officer, cleaning your weapon, shooting stances, and we finish up with live firing at the range,"says Phil Kimbel, Instructor.

Kimbel says due to high demand they are offering significantly more classes than they have in the past 11 years.

"There seems to be a lot of uncertainty right now about whether the classes will continue, I think they will, but the public seems to have a lot of uncertainty right now, so I think that has caused the demand to go up,"says Kimbel.

For two local teachers, recent school shootings, encouraged them to get proper training.

"The one teacher that put her kids in the cabinet I don't have that luxury in my room. I was like how would I be able to protect my kids. There's no where to hide so maybe this is the right choice,"says Christi Beam, a Teacher.

"Even though were not allowed to have weapons on campus, I just feel like if a change were to happen I need to be prepared,"says Elizabeth Adamson, a Teacher.

For some it was about standing up for their right to protect themselves.

"I always wanted to get a concealed carry but certainly with everything that has happened in the past six months, shooting in public places, it makes you feel like it's more necessary to have it than maybe it was before,"says Warren Bartram.

Bartram added that Obama's new gun proposal is not the answer.

"Even if they put a new law into effect the people who are law abiding citizens are the people who are going to follow the rules. The people who are going to do bad things with guns aren't going to follow those rules. If they want to get a gun they will still get them. It all comes back to guns don't kill people, people kill people,"says Bartram.

There will be another concealed carry class next Saturday.


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