HARRISONBURG -- As leaders in Washington, D.C. churn over new gun control measures, some Americans are rushing to stores and gun shows to buy a firearm. Along with that, more Virginians are applying for a concealed carry permit.
To obtain one of those permits, a person must complete a safety course, either online or in a classroom, as a requirement.
“The first thing you're going to learn is safety. The second thing is confidence with your weapon,” said Ron Zaremba, a concealed firearm instructor.
Zaremba's class lasts for two days and is eight hours total. The first part of the class focuses on different types of guns. He recommends a person purchase a firearm that best suits his or her lifestyle.
“It's easy to conceal and you can take it just about anywhere with you...Because of the simplicity and easy operation it makes it easy to shoot and I would say it is great for self defense.”
After a person completes the course, it's important he or she knows where it's legal to carry.
"I would not recommend going into a federal building, of course universities and campuses. Restaurants where they serve alcohol, as long as you're going to indulge in the use of alcohol.”
Zaremba said even though a person can complete the training online, that's not always best.
“You can take your concealed training online, but you don't get the hands on training.”
Check WHSV.com on Wednesday to know all about what is and isn't legal in various self-defense scenarios.