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Gun Sales Spike Prompts Store to Offer Free Gun Safety Classes

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Gun sales have recently shot through the roof and now a local store selling a lot of guns is doing their part to encourage safety.

Ranch & Home in Kennewick is offering free gun classes aimed at making the community a safe and informed area.

The store has seen huge increase in gun sales at this counter, which encouraged the store to decide offering free gun safety classes would be a good idea.

They feel it's important to do their part in keeping the community safe by promoting informed gun ownership.

At the Kennewick Ranch & Home, gun sales are up, way up. Sales spiked from 20 guns sold a day to 200 guns sold a day in that store alone.

Employees say recent gun violence and government talk about stronger gun control laws likely prompted the increase.

"It was right after the Connecticut shooting when Obama made his speech. I didn't watch it but when he made his speech that's when it just slowly started coming in and then it was overwhelming," said Darwin Ridley, a manager at Ranch & Home.

Terry Kaiser bought a gun Tuesday and is an experienced gun owner. He said he thinks the free classes are a good idea.

"For the community to be involved in gun safety is very important. I'd rather have them be at those classes than walking around with a gun in town and not know how to use it, injure themselves or somebody else," Kaiser said.

Ridley said he's seen some less experienced gun buyers recently and hopes they are taking advantage of learning all they can.

"Go out and learn the safety parts of the gun so they don't just go out and buy a gun think I'll just go out and carry it and use it. They need to be trained in laws just so they don't get themselves in trouble," Ridley said.

Guns and ammunition are flying off the shelves and Kaiser hopes all those buyers become responsible owners.

"I don't believe anyone should have a gun if they don't know how to use it properly, safe, maintain it, store it at home. Guns are as dangerous as you make them," Kaiser said.

The two gun classes with 75 spots each, filled up in a matter of hours.

Ridley said because of the huge response to the free classes, they're considering offering another one in late February.

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