Parents, Gun Experts Talk about Concealed Carry Law


The Supreme Court could soon be deciding on a law that could affect gun rights. The National Rifle Association is challenging a Concealed Carry law in Texas.

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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- The Supreme Court could soon be deciding on a law that could affect gun rights. The National Rifle Association is challenging a concealed carry law in Texas.

Anyone under 21 cannot have a concealed carry permit. That law is the same in Virginia. Parents and gun experts shared their opinions at the Western Virginia Big Game Show about the current law. Some parents say 18 is too young, others see no problem with it if there is adequate training.

Shannon Metty co-owns Hardy's Custom Calls. Metty says lowering the age wouldn't be a concern for her family.

"Concealed weapons for anyone 18 and older is good with me. I have three kids, my oldest one being 17. I would be more than happy with him carrying a concealed weapon, more or less to protect himself," said Metty.

One local hunting and fishing shop owner says it's about knowing what you're carrying.

"Keeping the muzzle in a safe direction, keeping a finger off the trigger until we're ready to shoot. I did the same with my children. I started teaching my children when they were three and four years old," said Dubby Carr, owner of Dubby's Fishing and Hunting.

We asked you on Facebook what you think of a possible law change.

"Absolutely not. There is adifference between fighting in war, and taking a gun with you to the local 7-Eleven," said Michelle Mead.

"Wow. Stunning logic posted here. Kids under 21 whose brains aren't yet fully developed, who still aren't fully mature or rational carrying guns?" said Denise Ritchie.

"I've taught cub scouts as early as five years old, six years old. Family members as young as four year old, and those are some of the safest gun handling people that I've ever met," said Brandon Mawyer, who owns Defensive Solutions Elite Training.

Mawyer says that advanced training is a good idea.

"It's not just putting a gun on your hip and it scares the person away. You need to know how to defend yourself, you need to know how your body is going to react when somebody attacks you, if they attack you," said Mawyer.

As some agree and disagree, it could be up to the Supreme Court to make the final decision.

Some parents at the show say they aren't comfortable with their child turning 18 and having a concealed carry. Under current Virginia law, you can buy rifles and shotguns at 18. A handgun can also be given to an 18-year-old by a guardian or parent.


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