Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gun Bill Would Harm Public Safety

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gun Bill Would Harm Public Safety

Article excerpt

Our current carry permit program works. It ensures that law- abiding gun owners are accountable and responsible when carrying handguns in public. As a concealed carry permit instructor, I speak from a place of experience, and I'm disheartened that some of our state legislators continue to push a proposal to allow the permitless carry of firearms.

My opposition to the permitless carry and to Senate Bill 656, which includes the proposal, is not a matter of being pro-gun or anti-gun. It is about being pro-responsibility. The permitless carry provision would allow people to legally carry hidden, loaded handguns, in public, without a permit, safety training, or knowing the use-of-force laws. Gov. Jay Nixon has recently vetoed this bill, but now some of our state legislators are trying to override his veto.

I teach Missouri concealed carry classes through my company, Alpha Protection LLC. My background is in law enforcement, the close protection industry and I'm a POST certified firearms instructor. The goal I have for my students in my concealed carry classes is that they come away from my class with a greater understanding of the responsibility of owning, carrying and using a firearm. The majority of people who take my classes haven't given much thought about the responsibility that comes with carrying that firearm before they complete a class.

My professional experience with self-defense situations gives me the opportunity to share with people the dynamic effects on the body and mind in a violent, overly stressful, and scary situation. We cover a range of gun safety topics in our classes: target identification, finger placement (this is the safety rule we see broken the most,) and situational awareness. We also cover the importance of your mentality when carrying a firearm, responsibility, assessment, reaction to a situation, immediate action drills, magazine manipulation, muscle memory, having an action plan if your home is invaded, and levels of protection, along with other important topics. …

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