BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Realtor Pat Doss has decided to get her concealed carry permit in light of what happened to real estate agent Beverly Carter.
"I just feel I need to do this for protection," Doss said. "I think no matter what you do, if you can protect yourself and you have that confidence, then you'll be better prepared for anything."
Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck taught a concealed carry course Saturday (Oct. 4) to about a dozen people, with an emphasis on training women after Carter was found dead recently in central Arkansas.
"[It] got their attention and they're ready to take action and then learn how to shoot a pistol. Not only to protect themselves, but then you hear a lot of them say protecting other people,” Cradduck said.
Doss said women are more vulnerable in life-threatening situations.
"We're targets sometimes because we are the weaker individual,” Doss said. “So I think this gives us the empowerment to know that we can not be intimidated -- we can take care of ourselves."
Cradduck said the goals of Saturday’s class were to learn gun rights, and how to shoot a gun safely.
"I would say the overwhelming majority of people that come through my class have no idea what their rights are,” he said.
Doss said she hasn't shot a gun in about 40 years.
"This class has given me tons of confidence that I needed,” she said.
"If you have a little bit more confidence -- no doubt, you're gonna shoot a little bit better,” Cradduck said.
The sheriff said he’ll teach a women's self-defense class Nov. 6.
Arron Lewis was arrested in Carter's death. He plead not guilty and has a court date on Dec. 1.