Crime motivating people to buy guns, learn to shoot

Crime motivating people to buy guns, learn to shoot
Published: Sep. 16, 2015 at 1:10 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:57 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Violent crime across New Orleans is motivating residents to protect themselves. While some purchase surveillance cameras, others are turning to firearms.

Most likely you know someone whose been a victim of crime, including former investigative reporter, Richard Angelico.

Angelico was carjacked outside his Bayou St. John home Monday night around nine.

"One of them has what looked like a .9mm Barretta pointed in my face and he's screaming give me your keys, 'give me your keys' ... Somebody told me, 'well I guess it's time to get crime cameras put on your house,' and I told them no, I guess it's time to get a concealed carry permit, and that's what I'm going to do today or tomorrow," Angelico said.

Instructors at the Shooter's Club in Harahan say in recent months they've seen a huge increase in the number of people wanting to learn how to shoot and obtain concealed carry permits.

"We've had a dramatic increase in women, younger shooters," firearms instructor Devvin Burgess said.

Kiera Carey is at the range, learning to shoot with her fiance's gun.

"With the crime that's going on, I have to," Carey said. "I have to be protective at all times."

She's in the process of applying for her own concealed carry permit.

"If someone does try to approach me and I don't feel comfortable, I have no problems pulling it out, at all," Carey said.

Police urge people not to fight back when confronted by someone with a gun. They say it's always best to calmly hand over whatever is demanded to avoid getting hurt.

But Burgess thinks as more and more violent crimes like armed robberies and carjackings occur, he and other instructors will continue to see more customers.

"I think they realize it can happen to them and they want to be prepared for it," Burgess said.

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