By: Vince Dacus
A South Carolina concealed weapons instructor was accused last month of selling 350 concealed weapon permits to people all over South Carolina without having them take classes.
Trainers at the Palmetto State Armory say that without training, it is a very dangerous situation for everyone. Assistant range master Jeramie Mackinson says training is critical.
"Out in the public you would definitely not want untrained individuals that are being not only unsafe with a fire arm but also not properly skilled well in the use of a firearm," Mackinson said.
Instructors are able to work with people until they know how to use a weapon safely.
Adam Runoala is the chief marketing officer for the Armory.
"Some people see an easy buck and unfortunately that's one of those situations. Luckily, South Carolina State Law Enforcement was able to step in and rectify the situation," Runoala said.
Instructors at the armory say they each train around five people a day.
Andrew Gajadhar, the CWP trainer who handed out the permits, could face thousands of dollars in fines and years in jail if convicted.
The State Law Enforcement Division sent letters to the people in the 27 counties who got permits from Gajadhar. Those people could face criminal charges if the permits are not returned to SLED.