Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners — And Safety Concerns

Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners — And Safety Concerns

Chuck Rossi, the co-founder of Open Source Defense, at his home in California. He uses video conferences to connect with new gun owners. As Americans flock to gun stores in the face of coronavirus fears , many gun dealers report an influx of new customers, taking home a deadly weapon for the first time. In response, long-time gun owners from across the U.S. are stepping up to help these newcomers get some safety training in the age of social distancing. “I want to be a good ambassador for the Second Amendment and for firearms owners,” says Chuck Rossi, co-founder of an online gun rights organization called Open Source Defense. A few weeks ago, Open Source Defense launched a type of informal, online training called Office Hours , using a shared calendar that allows users to sign up for a 30-minute video conference with a long-time gun owner. “We have our introductory, ‘How’re you doing? How’re you holding up? Where are you in the process? What are your questions?’” Rossi explains. Few states require gun buyers to undergo training before purchasing a firearm. Rossi, who is a competitive shooter, and others from Open Source Defense who have volunteered as trainers go over the basics of gun safety, rules such as “Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot” and “Always treat every firearm as though it is loaded.” “At some point, I’ll bring out an unloaded gun,” Rossi says, “either a pistol or a rifle, and say, […]

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