Working for 911 has its benefits and its pitfalls. I think one of the drawbacks to working with 911 is the realization of just how dangerous of a world we live in. I personally had a couple of close encounters that started me down the path to gun ownership. Read here. Last summer I sat through a class and I earned my concealed weapon’s permit. The class wasn’t hard. I was actually surprised at how easy the class really was to pass. Anyone can apply if they meet the following:
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age
- Proof of good character…whereas the applicant;
- has not been convicted of a felony;
- has not been convicted of any crime of violence;
- has not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol;
- has not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances;
- has not been convicted of any offenses involving moral turpitude;
- has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence;
- has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed
Shortly after receiving my permit I purchased my first hand gun. I work with many different gun experts who allowed me to try out a few different models. I chose a Glock 23. It is a combination of larger calibir (40 caliber) in a small frame gun. It fits my hand well and it is comfortable to carry in a in the waist ban holster. The 40 S & W round was created for the FBI as a powerful round to take down its target but yet be manageable for women to shoot. My personal experience has shown that this round is powerful. Last summer I was shooting targets on an aspen tree that was more than 12 inches in diameter and the 40 went completely through the center.
I take carrying a gun very serious. I try to practice with it as often as possible. I have become quite comfortable with it and shoot it quite well. My department often goes shooting and training together. Here are some pictures from our last trip to the range.