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Demand for firearms courses way up in Prescott area

Matt Seibert, who owns Insight Firearms, 6969 Highway 69, with his wife Sherrie in Prescott Valley, instructs a CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) course at the training center. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)

Matt Seibert, who owns Insight Firearms, 6969 Highway 69, with his wife Sherrie in Prescott Valley, instructs a CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) course at the training center. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)

With increasing pressure on the national level for further firearms regulation, businesses in the greater Prescott area that offer training courses have been seeing a significant influx of people interested in acquiring gun permits.

"We've seen a definite up-tick in the number of people coming in to be trained once we had the San Bernardino terrorist attack," said Donald Grier, manager at Prescott Gun Club, 1200 Iron Springs Road.

Before the attack, Prescott Gun Club was offering two CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) courses per month. They have upped that to three per month and are considering adding more since they're sold out pretty much through April, Grier said.

Insight Firearms Training Center in Prescott Valley has been experiencing a similar demand.

"We've had a surge since (President) Obama said he was going after guns in December," said Matt Seibert, co-owner of the business.

Matt and his wife, Sherrie, had been offering two to four CCW classes per month. They're now offering as many as seven and are booked through March.

Some advantages to having a CCW are:

• Exempted from the "Brady Background Check." This is the FBI background check firearm retailers must run to check whether or not someone is a prohibited purchaser before selling that person a firearm. Prohibited purchasers include felons, fugitives, domestic violence abusers and the dangerously mentally ill.

Without a CCW, the FBI has the right to put a three-day delay on your right to purchase a firearm, according to Insight. That means if you wanted to buy a gun on Monday they could force you to wait three full business days and you wouldn't be able to pick up your gun until Friday.

• No hassles transporting in a vehicle. Being a constitutional carry state, anyone can carry a firearm in their vehicle. However, if a police officer asks whether or not there is a firearm in the vehicle, the statute states the possessor must truthfully answer. If the possessor does not have a CCW to present, then the officer will run a full background check that can take 40 minutes.

• You can carry concealed in 35 states. It was 36 states before Virginia revoked its reciprocity this past December.

• Carry into some city and state parks.

Local CCW courses include instruction of the laws, marksmanship, tactics, testing and shooting qualifications, among other elements.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105, or 928-642-7864.

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