Robert Richmond is a Shady Spring resident who sometimes carries a concealed gun. He says he received his permits and training to do so legally 15 years ago.
“I had to go through a class, sat through a class there. And took a written test and did firearms training at a shooting range.”
Andrea Akers believes the training Richmond had to go through should continue to be law for anyone who wishes to conceal their gun in public. She is the General Manager of the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center, a place that sees thousands of people pass through for their dozens of events every year. Akers is worried for the safety of those people if any adult could legally conceal their gun in public without permits or training.
” We would have to decide what we were going to do and do some re-training and beef up our security at every event. It would be cost prohibitive, but it would be something that we’d have to do just to ensure the safety of our guests.”
Trooper J.A. Tupper of State Police shares a similar opinion. He says before people are allowed to bring their guns out concealed, they should know the responsibilities of handling it first.
“People do need some training. They need to take some classes to figure out how their firearm operates and certain safety procedures.”
If passed into law, the bill would take effect in May.