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Gun Safety Classes on Rise

Posted January 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— North Carolina's law allowing people to carry concealed weapons took effect about a year ago. About 21,000 Tar Heels have sought permits -- a lot fewer than expected.

But as the law goes into its second year, gun safety classes are seeing a jump in enrollment. At the Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center, classes are already booked through March.

Kathy Jackson, a gun class participant, said she wanted to learn the legal issues surrounding concealed weapons and personal safety as well. Then, she plans to carry a concealed weapon when driving in her car.

For people who are unfamiliar with guns, some shops offer beginner classes that start with the basics. In order to get a permit, you must pass the required handgun course.