Firearms instructor reacts to concealed carry ruling

Published: Jun. 10, 2016 at 6:18 PM EDT
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On Thursday, the 9th U.S. circuit court ruled that people do not have the constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon. The ruling struck down a previous ruling by a lower court.

A firearms instructor in Mount Crawford, who did not want to be identified by name, said that whether or not the right to carry a weapon out of plain sight is a right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment is a matter of opinion.

However, he said he would still recommend it.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, I just want a gun for the home,'" said the instructor. "A gun for the home is fine, but being able to carry it is even equally more important."

In Virginia, gun owners are required to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Over in West Virginia, however, this rule was overturned this year for those over the age of 21.

The instructor we spoke to said regardless of whether or not a permit is required, it's still a good idea to get proper training on how to use a firearm.

"I think we're Constitutionalists at heart," said the instructor. "We don't like the idea of having to have [...] a safety course or going to your local sheriff or law enforcement to obtain a permit. But, if you are going to make it so, we do believe that there should be training involved. That's something that we feel very strongly about."

The instructor said during his time training, he has seen many people who are unaware of how to properly handle a gun.

"We see a lot of shooters and, quite frankly, we don't see the type of accuracy or knowledge of laws or knowledge of lethal force encounters that they probably need in order to safely and efficiently carry a handgun."