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Conceal carry class sparks gun debate

Published 4/19/18

Tori Dodson

TNE Writer

Every month, NSU’s Continuing Education program provides students with the opportunity to take a conceal carry class. This class teaches students the current Oklahoma statutes concerning the use of lethal protection.

During the class, students learn how to carry, places that are safe to carry and the basic knowledge of self-defense. The entire course is completed in one day. After students have completed the course, they receive a certificate of completion that allows students to purchase a concealed carry permit.

This class is just the basics,” said Chris Bond, seven-year Army Infantry veteran and owner of Trigger Happy Tactics. “There are tons more classes and activities to do after you receive your license to improve your skills and competency. You’re not getting a license to become a free-lance police officer, you’re getting one to help yourself and sometimes it’s what you have to do because the police might not be able to help you in time. With this said, firearm safety and education are a must. When you learn how to carry safely you are better equipped to protect yourself or others.”

A mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida only two months ago. The shooting left 17 people dead, and many survivors of the shooting have emerged as advocates for gun reform. This tragedy has sparked controversy over gun control across the nation, including the NSU campus.

“I do not plan to obtain a concealed and carry license at any point in my life,” said Cally Johnson, Pryor freshman. “I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of weapons. I read a peer-reviewed study by the American Journal of Public Health which stated those with this license have a higher chance of partaking in a confrontation that turns lethal, and I could never be responsible for ending a life. These are just a couple of my reasons.”

Hunter Sturges, Miami junior, has completed the course and encourages other students to attain a permit.

“I have a permit for protection” said Sturges. “I like to have self-defense and feel safe. You never know when you might need it. If somebody was to rob you or something of the sort, the first thing a person is going to do is call 911 and hope somebody comes to save them with a gun. This would have to happen in enough time before it is too late.”

The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms, but after the Parkland shooting there has been much debate on whether this amendment is obsolete.

“I do believe the Second Amendment is outdated, in the sense that it protects all weapons,” said Johnson. “When this amendment was ratified in 1791, the weapons you could find in average American homes took nearly a minute to reload and fire. Now semi-automatic weapons can be turned into fully-automatic weapons and they can be used to fire rapidly. The Second Amendment needs to be revised, not repealed. We, as a nation, need to create laws that fit our time and advancement of technology.”

Sturges does not agree with Johnson. He stated that the Second Amendment should remain untouched.

“I feel like the state does a pretty good job at regulating guns already,” said Sturges. “My guns aren’t just for hunting, they are also for my protection and the protection of my family.”

The conceal carry class is from 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 21 and May 19 at Trigger Happy Tactics on 110 W. Allen Rd. An $80 fee is required for the course, and the cost of a conceal and carry permit is approximately $100 - $200.

Enrollment for the class is limited. To register for this course, go to https://secure.touchnet.net/C21156_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=4&CATID=8&SINGLESTORE=trueto.


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