Center gun shop owner sees need, starts up CHL classes

Center gun shop owner sees need, starts up CHL classes
Dependable Arms owner Kirk Sanford (Source: KTRE Staff)
Dependable Arms owner Kirk Sanford (Source: KTRE Staff)

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Until recently, there were no certified CHL instructors giving concealed-carry classes in Center, but that has all changed.

Dependable Arms opened their doors earlier this year, and they're stepping up to provide the widely requested service.

Kirk Sanford, the owner of Dependable Arms, said he saw a demand for people wanting their concealed handgun licenses, but there weren't any instructors teaching it. As a result, he came up with a plan to remedy the problem.

"We kind of felt like there was a need in Center,” Sanford said. “There wasn't very many instructors in the area, and when we first started to get all of our certifications, we decided it was something we need to put on."

They aren't just organizing a class every once in a while. Try every two weeks.

"We try to have it more frequently, so that they have the opportunity to get it because you have to set aside a day,” Sanford said. “It's not as long now that they've cut the time down, but you still have to give most of your day to do it."

Sanford said that there are about 800,000 CHL holders in Texas and only 3, 000 instructors in Texas, but there weren't any in the Center area.

“It's one of the fastest growing things going on right now,” Sanford said. “Everybody wants to learn about it. They want to be able to have that ability to be able to carry their firearm if they wanted to."

Just a few months ago, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office partnered with an instructor to start teaching classes only once a month and classes filled up quickly.

Dependable Arms is also catering to people who haven't purchased a gun yet by allowing their CHL students to rent a gun from their store.

It'll cost you about $25 to rent a gun and another $20 for ammo.

Of course, those who have their own handguns can use those, but high-quality ammo is a must for the shooting portion of the class.

The CHL class at Dependable Arms is $65 and includes lunch. The classroom portion runs between four and six hours then it's an additional two hours on the range. For information on how to sign up, visit the Dependable Arms Facebook page.

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