Local concealed carry instructors teaching safe use

Local concealed carry instructors teaching safe use

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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Posted on December 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 16 at 12:03 AM

BOISE -- In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, there has been a lot of talk from politicians and the general public on gun control.

27 people died in Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Now many are talking about gun control, and what might have changed the outcome of the incident.

Joe Torock teaches concealed carry classes in Idaho.

"It was a terrible tragedy that should never happen. But yeah, we do see a little bit of increase in classes and people signing up in these kinds of cases," said Torock.

He said these kinds of incidents cause more people to sign up for his classes. He and his business partner, Andrew Odom, aim to make those who choose to carry, more informed and more safe.

"There's a lot of education where people need to be informed to understand what the laws are," said Odom.

One of those laws prevents people from carrying in schools, and federal buildings. Odom  teaches the laws, but also how best to judge a situation.

"We specifically go over how to recognize a threat, how to confirm a threat, and how to know when you are legally able to pull that weapon," he said.

But he said carrying a gun, doesn't necessarily mean it's safe to intervene.

"As concealed weapons permit holders, they're not police officers," Odom said.

Carrying a concealed weapon gives people the legal option to draw their weapon in a dangerous situation.

"When they're in the community and something like that happens, the best thing is to call 911 and remove yourself from the situation. However, they are within their right to protect themselves and others under the no retreat laws," said Odom.

Odom said about half of his students are people using guns recreationally, rather than for self-defense.

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