Missouri shooters head to practice range after Las Vegas shooting

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, October 06 2017 Oct 6, 2017 Friday, October 06, 2017 1:55:00 PM CDT October 06, 2017 in News
By: Marilyn Haigh and Shaletta Norwood, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

HARTSBURG - Doug Alley, owner of the shooting range Ammo Alley, has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of people who come in for gun training following the Las Vegas shooting, when 58 people were shot and killed.

Alley said it's natural for people to be on high alert following mass tragedies. He said more people are coming to his shooting range to practice using their weapons safely and purchase guns for self defense. 

“The firearm is the biggest stick in the woods, and you want to be able to have the ability to defend yourself against those truly evil people in the world," Alley said. "Unfortunately, we never know when that could occur, so you need to be ever vigilant and be prepared."

Alley said he sees a spike in customers every time there's a mass shooting. He said they come in for one of two reasons — to learn to defend themselves or buy items that might be made illegal after an attack.

Martha Newman is one of those people who came into Ammo Alley looking to defend herself.

She took a gun safety course at Ammo Alley two years ago. She likes to walk in the woods and goes many places by herself, so she feels more secure when she's carrying a gun.

At first, Newman said she was uncomfortable with the idea of carrying a gun. But after she took the safety course, she changed her mind.

"If I need it, I know I've got it," she said. "I would protect my family if I needed to."

Newman said she was heartbroken by the Las Vegas shooting. She feels safe in Jeff City, where she lives.

"A lot of times I'm not out where I feel I need to be protected," Newman said. "But I know that I can do it if I have to, and that makes me feel better."

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A motorcycle driver is seriously injured after losing control of his motorcycle on Saturday. Around 3:40... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:06:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A new report shows black drivers were 95% more likely to be pulled over by Missouri... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:44:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:25:41 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
KBIA - The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced today that they’re making clear, accessible masks... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:14:59 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fair Board is hosting a 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Youth Fair... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:05:02 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN - The Daniel Boone Regional Library plans to reopen all buildings Wednesday. There will... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:52:40 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The US military on Friday ordered several police units to be ready for potential deployment to Minnesota as... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:41:14 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — Protesters blocked a downtown St. Louis interstate and set a fire in the road... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:17:51 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 7-year-old boy and and his 6-year-old brother died in an unincorporated area east of Kansas... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:13:56 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- Americans have finally sent their own up to space again. Saturday’s SpaceX-NASA launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:01:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
DALLAS COUNTY – Two people drowned Friday night in a Dallas County creek. Richard Berthiaume swam into Lindley Creek... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:54:29 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Clip Joint Salon customer Andrea is grateful for how the company's confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were handled... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:30:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. ... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:21:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — MU's Office for Civil Rights & Title IX is investigating a Snapchat video that was widely criticized... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 12:51:48 PM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
ELDON - The Miller County Sheriff's Office hosted its annual 5K for the 7th year on Saturday. "Run with... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, May 30 2020 May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 30, 2020 11:25:00 AM CDT May 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two hair stylists at the downtown location of The Clip Joint have tested positive for COVID-19, KOMU 8... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 9:11:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
CENTRALIA – Corsages and boutonnieres filled Chance Gardens in Centralia as high school students lined up to take their prom... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 29 2020 May 29, 2020 Friday, May 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM CDT May 29, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
10pm 64°
11pm 63°
12am 62°
1am 61°