COLUMBUS, Ga. – Gun sales are up following recent shootings across the United States. The Muscogee County Marshal’s Office is teaching a civilian firearms class stressing gun safety.
The main focus of Monday night’s class concerns gun laws in Georgia and the use of force. Belinda Anderson has owned a gun for 11 years.
“I want to learn how to use my gun properly and I would like to be able to go to the range and shoot a lot better than I do now,” she said.
She is taking the civilian firearms class taught by Deputy Marshal Anthony Humphries.
“Times right now are a little more uneasy about firearms and I think that comes from not being educated, but not being educated on guns, on firearms. What it takes to make the weapon go off,” Humphries said.
Humphries says carrying a gun may invite and officer to approach you and ask why you’re carrying. He says there’s a certain way to handle that situation that would ease the minds of both the officer and the person carrying the weapon.
“If the average person says I’m carrying a firearm because it makes me feel safer, okay well do you have a permit? No sir I do not, but in Georgia I’ve been informed that Georgia is an open carry state,” Humphries explained.
A recent poll by the Associated Press shows growing support among Americans for stricter gun laws especially following recent shootings across the country. Humphries says this push could also encourage Americans to buy guns now.
“Whether it be a spike in crime or whether it be the potential for stricter laws in the future,” he said.
Humphries says guns are bought with the intent of being used as a defense mechanism, which is why Anderson says she owns a gun.
“I just have the gun there for me and my husband to use and it’s for safety protection,” she said.
The course is also teaching the proper handling, cleaning, and storing of guns. There is another class Tuesday night at the Marshal’s Office starting at 5:30 p.m. Participants will be heading to the shooting range Saturday morning.