Feb 20, 2012 8:28 PM by Ophelia Young

Concealed carry controversy

On one hand, NRA instructor Paul Paradis is a staunch constitutionalist.

"You don't have to pay the government to carry a gun whether it is concealed or not," he said.

But on the other hand he also said, "Part of having that privilege is getting appropriate training."

And training often comes while getting a permit. So he's torn on what to think about a citizens carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. A bill to allow just that is slowly but surely passing through State Capitol. What Paradis is most afraid of is an increase of accidental discharges. Last week, Wisconsin's Department of Justice's training director reportedly shot his hand while cleaning his gun.

"In the gun world, we say its not 'if' you have an accidental discharge, it's 'when' you have one," Paradis said.

So, bill or not bill, permit or not permit, Paradis just wants to see gunowners trained. He says it boosts confidence in handling a gun, it also sharpens your shooting.

One of his trainees said "When I used to go to the range I would shoot the target before the training and I'd be happy just to hit the silhouette of the target at 20 feet. After the course, I'd be surprised if I missed center mass."



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