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Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy Kevin Willis teaches the proper usage of a handgun during a concealed weapons class near Fayetteville.

More people are learning how to shoot on target.

According to Fayette County’s New River Concealed Carry owner Kevin Willis, who’s also a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy, requests for concealed weapons permit training courses — which are required by the state prior to obtaining a permit — are on the upswing.

The 11-year police veteran says this is a good thing.

“Any person that wants to use a handgun for self-defense should know how to own and operate one safely,” Willis commented.

Willis says an increase in crime rates and a fear of stricter gun control under the Obama administration are the plausible motivations behind the public’s newfound interest in guns.

“With the proper training, handguns are a great method of self-defense,” Willis says. “Individuals should not be frightened by recent reports of burglaries and/or robberies in their area. Every citizen should feel comfortable in their home and, more importantly, know how to protect themselves when necessary.”

Willis has trained hundreds of male and female students on proper gun usage.

Classes at his business offer in-depth training for anyone ranging from the novice shooter to the avid outdoorsman.

“We offer a basic handgun safety course, which I’d recommend for any novice shooter,” Willis says.

The Basic Pistol Shooting Course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

The course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, and also educates students on the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, ranging tools and skill development, among others.

The course meets the minimum West Virginia Concealed Weapons Permit requirements.

Once the course is completed, students can apply for a concealed weapons permit at their local sheriff’s department for a fee of $75. The permit remains active for five years.

Other courses offered by New River Concealed Carry include personal protection both outside and inside the home.

Each course teaches everything the basic course offers, but also demonstrates how students can use their home and/or outside environment for added safety.

For more information, visit www.newriverconcealedcarry.com or call 304-222-2760.

— E-mail: jayres@register-herald.com

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