Community responds to gun violence: Armory, anti-gun violence coalition look at solutions

Community responds to gun violence: Armory, anti-gun violence coalition look at solutions

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – With what seems to be unrelenting gun violence, many Americans are taking measures to protect themselves. David Becker, owner of the Miami Armory in Dayton, said consumers in the Miami Valley are no different. “Largely, you’re going to see us follow the national trend,” he said. “Classes have, since COVID struck … the class sizes are full. The class offerings are more frequent than we usually do. So, yes we’ve definitely [seen] an increase in the standard CCW, as well as advanced classes.” In Clark County, where six people were shot at a celebration of life Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s office told 2 NEWS nearly 230 more CCW applications were requested in 2020 than in 2019, and more than 350 have been requested this year. But the sheriff’s office and Becker said that is not necessarily an indicator of increasing or decreasing violence. “A concealed carry permit or a CHL (concealed handgun license), it is a state issued card that says you’ve gone through appropriate eight hour training and mandatory range time to make sure you’re proficient at the skills of handling and concealing and carrying a handgun,” said Becker. He said those who take the time to go through the training typically do so responsibly, in hopes of protecting themselves and their families. He said concealed carry laws are also thought to be beneficial, as they prevent perpetrators of violent crimes from knowing whether a person is armed. However, Toby Hoover, founder of The […]

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