WBEZ | gun safety http://www.wbez.org/tags/gun-safety Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sitting in on a firearms safety class http://www.wbez.org/news/sitting-firearms-safety-class-105415 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 8.41.42 AM.png" alt="" /><p><div id="PictoBrowser130207161043" style="text-align: center;">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "500", "8", "#DDDDDD"); so.addParam("quality", "low"); so.addParam("scale", "noscale"); so.addParam("align", "mid"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157632702172037"); so.addVariable("names", "Our Guns: Firearms Training"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.write("PictoBrowser130207161043"); </script><p>It&rsquo;s still dark out this morning, below freezing outside and pretty cramped in this back room of a gun shop.</p><p>But the nine people seated at fold-up tables and chairs are sitting straight for the lesson in firearms safety.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a 12-year-old boy here with his father. The father is a long-time firearms owner who wants to make sure his son isn&rsquo;t afraid of guns.</p><p>The majority of students are women. Some who want to make sure they&rsquo;re familiar with the firearms already brought into their homes by husbands or boyfriends. There&rsquo;s also a teacher who said she wanted to be prepared in case her school district chose to arm faculty. She didn&rsquo;t have to pay the $50 class fee. The store regularly offers free classes to teachers.</p><p>&ldquo;What kind of gun should you buy? It depends on what you want it for,&rdquo; said Mike Rioux, the owner and operator of Red Dot Arms in Lake Villa, Illinois.</p><p>Rioux is the teacher today. He&rsquo;s a Canadian expatriate who&rsquo;s been around firearms his whole life. He&rsquo;s a licensed instructor and a passionate gun owner.</p><p>&ldquo;My grandfather said to me when I was 12, if you can shoot this 12 gauge shotgun, it&rsquo;s yours,&rdquo; Rioux recalled.</p><p>He handled it well and so began a love affair.</p><p>Shotguns are what Rioux suggested for home safety and self-defense.</p><p>He said the bullets used for an AR-15, what some people believe is the best choice, will go through the room you&rsquo;re in, the next room and into your neighbor&rsquo;s house.</p><p>&ldquo;It can go for miles and miles,&rdquo; Rioux said.</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Rioux says buckshots used in shotguns are the way to go.</p><p>&ldquo;At this distance, it would make a huge hole in the drywall. You gotta know what&rsquo;s beyond your target. If you&rsquo;re in the house, use the smallest bb you&rsquo;ve got,&rdquo; Rioux recommended.</p><p>He started by explaining how different firearms work because he said it was important to practice regularly. Once a week at least, so it&rsquo;s important to make sure you&rsquo;re spending money on the right equipment and the right ammo, especially considering how expensive ammo was at the time of our interview.</p><p>Here are some highlights from the class:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/59086282?byline=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/sitting-firearms-safety-class-105415