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Missourians say gun training, not control is needed


The debate on whether to limit the amount of guns around the nation continues, but Missouri lawmakers are trying to push legislation to make it easier for residents to get guns.  Some Northeast Missouri gun owners say the solution to improve safety isn't gun control.  But, they say they think there is a need for more gun training.

Dave Hirner is learning how to defend himself with a gun at this range near Mark Twain Lake.  Instructor Darin Logue said this type of advanced training will dramatically help gun owners defend themselves, and Hirner said he got into the program because "if you're going to be in a position where you are to carry a weapon, or where you're allowed to carry a weapon, you should be confident with whatever scenario may present itself or at least be prepared for those." 
He also says this type of training is vital for anyone who owns a handgun. 

"It does put you in real world scenarios where even the concealed carry training, you're standing in front of a target the majority of the time, shooting a target," Hirner said.  
But this isn't a typical training you can find anywhere.  Logue developed a defense pistol class to show people how to protect themselves in possible life threatening situations.  He said he's not for or opposed recent gun legislation but said people who have weapons should be trained at a high level. 

"What I'm really trying to promote and trying to advocate more than anything, if you opt to go and opt to go ahead and invoke your constitutional right that regardless of how long you've been shooting or how long you've been a gun owner advanced training is always a good idea," Logue said.  

Logue said even if you have completed concealed carry classes, he believes you still need to train for life-threatening scenarios.  For more information on how you can sign up for a class, click on the link.  

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