Ever since Morgan Yarbrough can remember, guns have been in his house.
But he follows the golden rule.
Yarbrough said, “Always treat a gun like it's loaded, no matter what I do I always check my rifle or my gun before I take it out."
Yarbrough knows it well because he's grown up around guns. But not everyone out looking for protection knows the same drill.
That's why places like Southern Outdoor Sports double check the books before they ring up a customer.
Southern Outdoor Sports President Ronald Fuller said,
“Every fire arm purchase made we do an ATF background check for every transaction.”
Police officers say they're all for self-defense, but if you don't know what you're doing, it isn't going to help.
Dothan police Sgt Rachel David said, “If you have a gun that you're unfamiliar with and you’re fumbling around with it, that weapon can be used against you.”
And that's why it's so important to train yourself on how to use it, and not just physically.
Sgt David said, “Mentally preparing yourself for the psychological effect that it may have on you if you have to use the weapon
Preparing just in case, but hoping for the best.