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Utah journalists try free concealed-carry class
Deseret News ^ | 31 May, 2009 | Arthur Raymond

Posted on 06/01/2009 4:35:48 AM PDT by marktwain

Amid an avalanche of new interest in Utah's widely recognized concealed-carry firearm permit, two of the state's best-known gun-rights advocates hosted a no-cost class to acquire the permit for Salt Lake media members on Sunday. Applications for Utah concealed-carry permits have skyrocketed this spring according to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, the agency tasked with issuing and administrating concealed weapon carry permits. Last February's 2,548 applicants jumped to 8,142 this year and March permit seekers more than doubled from 4,412 in 2008 to 10,878 in 2009.

Clark Aposhian, a registered lobbyist, firearm instructor and chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, and Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, offered the $50 class free of charge to seven print and television journalists whose attendance qualified them for applying for the state issued permit (though the cost of that permit, for those interested in acquiring one, was the responsibility of the applicant).

Aposhian, who regularly instructs law enforcement officers and security personnel on firearm handling, said drawing a weapon in self-defense is a last-resort scenario. "Always issue a warning, always try to retreat first," Aposhian told the class. "Disengagement and non-engagement should be your first options, whenever possible." If those options are not successful in defusing an encounter with a person who poses a threat, however, Aposhian's instruction includes frank and explicit explanations of the next, and nearly unthinkable, steps to take. "Law enforcement officers are trained to shoot three times, two to the chest, one to the head," Aposhian said. "For civilians, the easiest target is the thoracic cavity (chest area.)"

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; reporters; ut
It is very important to educate journalists. It is possible, in todays journalistic climate, that writers who are not hostile to the second amendment might be able to get promoted to more influential jobs.
1 posted on 06/01/2009 4:35:48 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
The article has a few errors from what actually was stated
in the class.
1. I do not classify law enforcement and civilians different. Both are Civilians.

2. I did not stated that Law enforcement is trained to shoot 2 shots to chest and 1 to the head. I stated that this is what the “myth” of training or tactics is. I stated that you need to shoot as many as it takes to stop the threat. This is especially troubling as this error was placed in quotes indicating that I actually said this.

I just wanted the good folks at Freerepublic to have the correct information on what actually took place in the class.

The following is what I posted in response to the article in the Deseret News regarding this concealed class that we put on.

Bruce, I should clarify. What you stated in the earlier post is correct. In that you will need to fire as many rounds as is necessary to stop the threat. It was stated this way in the class.

Further, we make no distinction between law enforcement and civilians, as Both are civilians.

There was a lot of information presented in the class and at times it can be hard to understand some of the minutia especially as it relates to key concepts. What may be a small misunderstanding of something, seemingly innocuous to them, is actually a very important concept that needs critical clarity.

As people involved in firearm self-Defense training we feel these misunderstandings are damaging to the public’s perception of CCW holders and should be corrected but....once it is out in print...it is often too little, too late.

All in all I thought the reporter did a very good job with information presented over several hours of training.

2 posted on 06/01/2009 11:33:49 AM PDT by W Clark (W. Clark Aposhian Fairwarning - Utah Firearms Instructor Chair US-DIN)
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