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More West Tennesseans Taking Gun Classes

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. - West Tennesseans are getting their hand gun carry permits out of fear that tougher gun laws could be passed.

Firearms instructors said they have seen record breaking numbers in hand gun classes across the state since the presidential election.

"I haven't seen anything like this in my entire career," said firearms instructor Frankie Lax. "They feel like if they get their permits now and get the training now somehow they will be grandfathered in if there are potential laws passed that they will already have got their permit in place."

Gun owners told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that they fear new legislation could infringe on their second amendment rights.

"America is becoming afraid as we lose not only our security but our freedoms," said participant Riley Gunter. "More and more we are becoming like Europe, England, Canada and Australia. All Americans are afraid of losing their firearms rights."

Some participants said they have wanted to get their concealed carry permits for a while but had put it off, and the talk of tougher gun control encouraged them to join a class immediately.

"I think a lot of people are afraid that they aren't going to be able to get guns to protect themselves," participant Teressa Crumby. "I hope it doesn't change to where we can't posses our own guns for self protection.

Instructors said the classes are having a hard time keeping up with the number of people enrolled and participants are having to borrow ammunition in the field to pass, due to the shortage in ammunition across the state.