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Concealed carry, gun training spikes following Parkland school shooting amid rising anti-gun rhetoric

(National SentinelArmed Response: Interest in gun training, as well as concealed carry applications and permits, have both spiked in the weeks following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, amid rising anti-gun rhetoric and some calls to repeal the Second Amendment.

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Also, according to FBI figures, gun sales have spiked as well, the Washington Times reported.

The National Carry Academy, which is located in Minnesota, told the Times the number of people enrolling in concealed carry classes has risen by more than 200 percent since the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The company noted further the increase was the biggest since the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“It’s kind of unprecedented, at least in our experience,” Chris Schutrop, the company’s CEO and co-founder, told the paper.

“We’re seeing just a lot of interest and a lot of people taking the class — more than we’ve really ever seen before — even more than previous mass shootings that have happened or election cycles and stuff like that.”


Meanwhile, Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, told the Times that February may have been the biggest month in the group’s history for membership numbers and interest in classes.

He said he believes the organization’s membership has increased 50 percent year over year amid sustained protesting and other anti-gun attention following the Parkland tragedy.

“I think that the massive news coverage of events like that gets people to realize, at least admit to maybe their own vulnerabilities,” Schmidt told the Times.

“And therefore, they want to be able to at least have a chance of protecting themselves, and so that’s why a lot of them will start down that path of learning more.”

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