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The troubling lesson in concealed carry class

One of the most interesting columns over the weekend was the piece in Charlotte Observer by a doctor, who along with his wife—also a physician, took the course that is required to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Both are gun owners and recreational shooters and their take on the class is fascinating, especially the advice from the instructor on how and where to store their weapons.

Perhaps most shocking, though, was the advice we received from a practicing law enforcement officer regarding the storage of firearms: under the bed, preferably loaded. I’m not kidding. Fifty or so families, many of whom we must presume have children in the home, walked out of that classroom with the understanding that the proper way to store your guns was in a location that is within reach of a child, and loaded. No gun safe. No trigger lock. Across the United States in 2008-09, according to the FBI, we lost more preschoolers to guns (173) than officers in the line of duty (89).

Yikes.

2 Comments

  1. Sean D Sorrentino

    November 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    What’s the matter with that? Are you suggesting that everyone is required to have children? A firearm kept for lawful self defense in the home is an emergency device. It should be kept in a ready condition to be used at all times.

    Given how the person wrote the article, I suspect that he left off some important details and caveats in order to make it sound more salacious than it really was.

  2. Jim Wiseman

    November 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The answer is proper education of all family members. There’s no reason children can’t be taught how to behave around guns. More children (not 17 year old gang members, but actual children) are killed in family swimming pools every year than by household guns.