Women's only conceal carry class a big success

Created: 05/22/2014 6:41 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In 33 of the 50 states - including New Mexico - all a gun owner needs is a permit to carry a concealed firearm. There's an Albuquerque trainer who is really surprised by who he's seeing interest from lately.

Albuquerque Fire Arm Safety Training, or F.A.S.T., opened for business in January of this year. Since then, founder and course trainer Ed Boysel says he started seeing a lot of women sign up to get conceal carry qualified. He decided to take what he was noticing and float that idea out on social media: A women's only conceal carry class.

"Close to 300 people already have responded, saying great, good for you. We're interested. And the response has been overwhelming," Boysel said.

The F.A.S.T. course is a 16-hour or two-day class. The first day is in a classroom learning gun safety. Day two is at the gun range. Boysel says his goal was to get women conceal carry qualified who might not otherwise.

"There's a wide variety and a wide range of people that are interested in taking these classes. From the gal that's working in an office to working at Albertson's, to the casino, to the mom at home."

Boysel says there's a big thing creeps might want to consider: You never know if, when or where a lady might be packing heat.

"Whether it is in your purse… there's a lot of different options for a woman to conceal a fire arm," Boysel said.

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