SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gun violence is often carried out by unregistered weapons and people without permits. But Sunday night in Springfield, people who want to get a gun for sport and protection, took a safety class to learn how to do it safely and legally.
According to the F.B.I background checks for gun permits are on the rise. And residents told 22News, their biggest concern is protecting their families. On this quiet street in Springfield, gun safety classes are taught inside the home of Ryan Jarrell of R.P Jarrell @ Associates.
Ryan said, “They will learn accuracy and proficiency. They will learn fire arm safety. They will learn how to aim, home defense, how to carry outside, in the street when your carrying concealed.”
On Sunday night, a class of 6 students all trying to get their permit for license to carry. Recent mass shootings have President Obama trying to push through tougher gun laws before he leaves office.
William Johnson said, “Us legal folks that want to be gun owners, we will take that it all the way to the house. Straight back to Washington, because we’re not gonna let it happen.”
The pressure from lawmakers has helped increase gun sales. On Black Friday, the F.B.I processed more than 185,000 background checks. Background checks are processed every time someone tries to buy a gun.
According to the National Sporting Goods Association, from 2001 to 2013 there was a 60% rise in women who participated in target shooting.
Theodora Johnson, the only female in the class, told 22News, why she’s wants to get a gun. She said, “It teaches me a little about guns and the safeties. And I think it’s important if you’re living at home by yourself, you want to protect yourself.”
People told 22News, the reason they’re interested in the gun safety class, is to protect their families.
At the end of the class each student receives certification to obtain a gun permit.