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November 14, 2008

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More Cache Valley residents carrying concealed weapons

By Katie Jo Matekovic

October 21, 2008 | With the world witnessing brutal shootings in schools and communities it is not a surprise at the increase number in concealed firearm permits. In Utah alone there are approximately 132,000 issued permit holders that are allowed to carry on campus of public colleges and universities, and in most public places.

Cache Valley resident, Dex Taylor has been an officer with the Logan City Police Department since 1985 and a certified concealed firearms instructor for 11 of those years. Taylor teaches one class in Logan every month and rarely has an empty seat. People of all ages take his class, from elderly men and women to Utah State University students in their early 20s.

In order to obtain a concealed firearm permit you must: complete an application and a minimum four-hour course signed off by a certified instructor with the department of Utah's Public Safety and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, which Taylor is certified to do. One must be 21 years of age and undergo a national background check, submit their fingerprints on a FBI card along with a passport photo and a notarized signature. Taylor walks all of his students through the requirements for full understanding of the safety measures involved.

Ashley Stoddard, a concealed firearms permit holder said, "The main reason I got my permit is because my husband leaves his gun in our vehicle and if I was to get pulled over and the gun was accessible and loaded that it would be a really bad day for me." She doesn't carry all the time, but "always good to have when I am by myself outside of Logan."

Taylor was interviewed for a story in The Utah Statesman about Utah State University students carrying guns on campus and said, "It would make very little difference if students with permits carried guns on campus…guns have to be concealed and they have to be safe."

Cameron Oliver, a student at Utah State University, is planning on taking Taylor's class next month for his permit. "I want to learn more about firearms, and to have an option to protect myself on campus."

Living in Cache Valley there is an option to obtain your concealed firearms permit from a certified instructor and exercise the 2nd Amendment.

"It seems that the majority of the states with the most stringent gun control laws have the greatest crime," Taylor stated. "I only believe you should carry a firearm if you are properly trained to do so, I carry two firearms to show my students that it is possible to safely carry a loaded firearm."

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