More and More New Orleans Residents Arming Themselves

Violent crime is on the rise on New Orleans, and residents are increasingly taking up the responsibility of defending themselves, according to this story on fox8live.com. Some residents are opting to buy surveillance cameras to monitor their homes and property.

Others would rather arm themselves.

The story uses former investigative reporter Richard Angelico as an example. Angelico was recently carjacked outside his home in Bayou St. John at 9 p.m.

"One of them has what looked like a 9mm Beretta pointed in my face and he's screaming, 'give me your keys, give me your keys,'" Angelico said in the story. "Somebody told me, 'Well, I guess it's time to get crime cameras put on your house,' and I told them, 'No, I guess it's time to get a concealed carry permit,' and that's what I'm going to do today or tomorrow."

He's not the only one.

The story says instructors at a New Orleans gun range, Shooter's Club, says they've seen a huge increase in the number of people wanting to learn how to shoot and get their CCW permits.

"We've had a dramatic increase in women, younger shooters," firearms instructor Devvin Burgess said.

The story says city police urge people not to fight back when confronted by someone with a gun. They say it's always best to calmly hand over whatever is demanded to avoid getting hurt.

Acquiring a lifetime concealed-handgun permit in Louisiana requires the applicant to provide proof of completion of firearm educational training every five years, which includes instruction on:

• Handgun nomenclature and safe handling procedures for a revolver and semiautomatic pistol

• Ammunition knowledge and the fundamentals of pistol shooting

• Handgun shooting positions

• The use of deadly force and conflict resolution,

• Child access prevention,

• Actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures.

The license cost is $500 for anyone 65 and younger. If you move from the state, the license is void. The requirements for a 5-year permit are a bit less stringent, but still require firearm instruction.

[Note]((http://www.fox8live.com/story/30040327/crime-motivating-people-to-buy-guns-learn-to-shoot): Angelico's vehicle was later found in the city's 7th Ward.