The first enhanced carry class in the entire state took place right here in Northwest Arkansas.
Class is officially in session.
“The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Instructor for Krav Maga Self Defense and Fire Arms Training Marty Cale said.
The course requires classroom work for six hours plus two hours of range time, adding up to eight hours of additional training to a person’s initial concealed carry license.
“They will learn more about the laws, the do’s and don’ts, and the justification for this use of force and deadly physical force,” Cale said.
The new license will allow gun owners to take their weapons onto college campuses and into bars, churches and public buildings.
“The benefit of the enhanced carry is to put law abiding citizens in these soft target areas,” Cale said.
What makes the enhanced carry permit different is in order to receive it, you must pass an accuracy test. That includes hitting a target from up to 45 feet away.
“You shoot from three different locations, 3 yards, 7 yards, and 15 yards,” Cale said. “Plus there are multiple shooting sequences at each distance.”
Joe Ross adds he took the class in order to make himself feel more comfortable at work.
“I do sales, so I’m always in federal buildings, on campuses, and different businesses all day long,” Joe Ross said. “To be able to defend myself in those places, this means a lot to me.”
Back at the range, Marty Cale – chief instructor of Krav Maga fire arms training – says this enhanced course is happening at the right time.
“This should deter someone that is maybe a little mental that brings a gun in and wants to shoot up the area,” Cale said. “Hopefully this would prevent that.”