Concealed Handgun License Class at Black River Technical College

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Police Department have been teaching folks for over a decade the in's and out's on guns.

"We've been teaching this since 1995," said Captain Greg Trout.

Recently the uptick in interest has kept them busy while classes have been filling up quickly.

"We've scheduled several classes and most of those classes are filling up two to three months ahead of schedule," said Trout.

The high demand has forced them to allow a larger group within each of the classes.

"We've had to increase the number of folks in each class. We normally have it to 20 or so but we got some much interest in it right now we've increased it to 30," said Trout.

The popularity of class has sparked the interest of many. People of all ages and genders are taking the class.

"We have folks from 21 which is the legal minimum age to up into their 70's and 80's, both male and female," said Trout.

The class starts out as a lecture that covers several of the laws.

"There's a lot of instruction on the law. Self defense and the law carrying a weapon also use of force," said Trout.

After the lecture part of the class, participants are able to get hands on with their guns.

"It's a onetime class with the class room and then the live fire at the range," said Trout.

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