Gun sales on the rise; Courses available to train and prepare civilians for emergency situations

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Shootings across the country have sparked interested in firearms, generating higher gun sales and packing fire ranges across the East. The latest shooing in California has the gun control debate front and center, but guns were flying off the shelves before the most recent mass shooting. On Black Friday, Neuse Sports Shop was packed with pistol purchasers.

“Our gun sales were the highest on record since 1953,” says store manager Kevin Herrington.

But, selling product is not the main focus of the shop.

“You have to go through the proper training,” says Herrington. “That’s good for you, that’s good for your family, that you’re educated.”

The indoor gun range in Kinston is just one resource available for people looking to fine-tune their education on firearms. Other instructors in the region say their concealed carry courses are filling up. Those operating fire arms can never learn enough.

“In a stressful situation, you’re not going to rise to the occasion,” says Phillip Heck, owner of Neuse River Tactical. “It’s not going to be like in the movies, where the bad guy is shooting at you and you shoot one bullet and the bad guy falls down. You’re going to rise to the level of your training.”

Other course are also popular. In particular, a medical course that allows people to triage victims in emergency situations.

“You’re more apt to save a life with medical training than with a firearm,” says Heck.

Based on Black Friday’s two background checks processed every second, Neuse Sports Shop says gun sales will likely continue their upward trend. To learn more about courses offered there, click here.

To learn more about courses offered at Neuse River Tactical, including the medical course, click here.

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