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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Learn before you carry — it’s not the law, but a good idea

It could be true that a “good guy” with a gun can stop a “bad guy” with a gun, but anyone with a gun can also make a dangerous situation even worse if they aren’t properly trained. Gun safety is crucial for anyone who handles or is even in the vicinity of firearms, and it’s more important for those who would like to conceal and carry a handgun, even though residents aren’t legally required to obtain a permit under Missouri law. Law enforcement agencies like the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office offer concealed carry of weapons classes that help gun owners master their firearms. The most recently scheduled class on Saturday was canceled because only two people signed up for the training, but another class will be scheduled and listed on the office’s Facebook page, Detective Andy Femrite said. These types of classes are important despite the legality of carrying concealed guns in Missouri without a permit. That’s certainly true if you’re one of the heroic people who would come to the rescue in an active shooter situation. The best of intentions could quickly lead to further tragedy without proper training and exceptional aim amid intense situations. “You are responsible for every round you fire,” Femrite said during a telephone interview.  [full article]

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