The internet company Groupon.com is facing scrutiny after posting a discount on firearms classes that would allow student to be able to carry concealed in multiple states. A Seattle firearms training center is behind the deal.
The Insight Training Center has 4 locations around Seattle each offering Groupon insiders a $145 class for $69 to obtain a nonresident Utah Concealed Firearm Permit. The Insights Training Center website states, “This 4-hour all-inclusive class fulfills the Utah training requirement and gets your application ready to submit.”
“Combined with a Washington license, the Utah permit allows its holders to carry concealed firearms in 33 states,” the Groupon deal explains.
The owner of the Insight Traning Center, Greg Hamilton, is very pleased about the business his Groupon ad did. The offer was taken advantage of by 500 people within twenty-four hours. He praised the marketing of Groupon saying that “They let hundreds of thousands of people know you exist, so it’s good marketing.”
However, there were the uneducated that were interviewed by the local Fox TV affiliate. One person that ran across the deal said, “Lattès don’t kill people, guns do, so I’m kind of thinking that this should be exempt from those kinds of circumstances.” Yeah right, and my car causes accidents all by itself, my spoon makes me fat, and my bed makes me lazy. We are use to this type of rhetoric from the anti-gun, uneducated about firearms crowd. This seems to be where the benefit of Hamilton’s business shines. It educates people on firearms and with education comes confidence and a removal of fear of guns. Front Sight Founder Ignatius Piazza, in stating what a person that is educated and trained becomes said, “You are the weapon, your gun is just a tool.”
The students who pass the course and pay the fees will then be able to carry concealed in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Now this is not special for just Hamilton’s classes. If you have a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons) permit, then there are many states that will reciprocate that permit and it will also allow you to carry in many more states than the one you have your permit in.
I’m actually looking forward to more firearms training centers opening up and offering great deals on CCW for law abiding citizens. This is one of the best ways to keep the Second Amendment rights alive and intact.
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