Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:48 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 6:50 PM
"Going Hot" Concealed Weapons course offers people a chance to learn about gun safety. It also allows you to learn how to handle that weapon in the face of danger.
"I've been in law enforcement for 21 years now and I've learned through the years to learn how to protect myself and my family, and I figured I'd share it with others," Reggie Smith said.
Smith started "Going Hot" about months ago and has steady seen his classes increase in size. Since Mickey Shunick's disappearance he has even seen an increase in women taking his class, doing what they feel is necessary to protect themselves.
"My classes are probably 60-40 now. 60% males 40% ladies. And they want to know how to protect themselves and I think it's great," Smith said.
Germaine Robinson is one woman who enrolled in the course. Her job takes her all over Louisiana and she often finds herself in a lot of rural areas and empty highways.
"I need to protect myself. I work hard for a living and I want to come home to my family," Robinson said.
Smith says if you do decide to purchase a fire arm you must take the necessary steps to learn how to use it.
"If you're going to buy one, practice, practice, practice. Cause if you don't practice with it and an incident does happen you're not going to know how to use it," Smith said.