by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - For Shawn Adams teaching his 11-year-old son, Spencer, the safe way to handle a gun is part of being a responsible gun owner and a responsible dad.
"They shoot a gun they know what damage they can do. The know how dangerous they are and to me that's the best education they can get as far as how dangerous they are," Adams said.
Amid concerns over tightening gun laws, gun instructors say they're seeing more gunowners come through their doors.
"I've had a lot of people come to my classes saying gosh, I've been wanting to do this forever, and I just finally decided it was time to do it," Thomas Vannaman with the Midland Shooters Association, said.
Sgt. Scott Casey says it's a matter of common sense when handling a gun. "Consider a gun is always loaded. That way you'll be more safe with it. Make sure you keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire the weapon," Sgt. Casey, said.
One local resident says she wants to be sure she knows how to handle a gun. "I feel like I need to protect myelf. I need to learn how to shoot a gun before I can own one," Sharon Cornal, said.
Sometimes taking a few extra seconds to lock up your handguns in a safe place is the only real way to avoid tragic consequences.
"It's also important for them to know that they can't be playing around with it at the house. That's why we have ours put up in a place where they can't have access to it," Adams said.
For Shawn Adams, that's an extra second he's willing to take to keep his family safe.