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Retailers saw record firearm sales last week in the wake of the Newtown tragedy
Guns are displayed at a store in San Francisco. Locally, gun-shop owners say their sales have gone through the roof since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.
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"It's because of the economy and the shootings that have gone on," he said. "People are scared."
While he doesn't offer classes, several area businesses offer a variety of courses, including basic safety classes that can be applied toward getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon. They include 4 Permits, which holds its classes at the Gander Mountain store on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County, and SSG Tactical.
SSG Tactical will offer a new, three-day Sudden Violence Seminar beginning Jan. 25 at the Kembativz Training Center at the Crucible off U.S. 17 in Stafford County. The course was being developed long before the Newtown shootings and is designed to teach students how to detect potentially violent incidents and unarmed combative techniques.
"It's not full yet," Sebastian said, "but it will be soon."
Demand for armed guards also is on the rise and likely to get stronger, according to both Cucci and Doug Rothell, an owner of Accredited Security Training at 2609 Lafayette Blvd.
"In Richmond, just about every grocery supermarket has an armed guard," said Rothell. "We're starting to see more of that in Fredericksburg."
Cops-PI provides both armed and unarmed uniformed security guard and patrol service personnel for a number of venues, including schools, hospitals and entertainment sites. Accredited Security offers the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services' required training for a license in the private security field.
"One of the things we're prepared for and are already seeing," Rothell said, "is security companies that hire our graduates ask for more and more people."
Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407