A group of 26 real estate agents from the Waco Association of Realtors recently took the 10-hour concealed carry class needed to qualify for a Texas concealed handgun license (CHL).
“The group decided to take the class together this month to observe Realtor Safety Month, as declared by the National Association of Realtors,” said Tara DeLeon, executive assistant at the Waco Association of Realtors, as reported by the Waco Tribune. “All in the group passed the course, and many said they will be packing heat while pointing out the finer points of homes for sale.”
“I definitely will be carrying [a concealed handgun],” said Donna Sharp, an agent with Premiere Realty. “I would suggest anyone in a service profession like this to take this course. Things happen, and you never know when it could happen to you.”
As the Tribune noted, being a real estate agent can be quite risky. They meet complete strangers, often at empty houses, at various times of the day and night. In other cities, agents have been targeted by criminals for robbery and worse.
Parnell McNamara taught the concealed carry class to the Waco agents.
According to the Tribune, McNamara said he has taught concealed carry classes that feature members of the same profession, including a number of bank employees and one class with nine ministers. But the real estate association was the largest group he has taught from one profession.
“Real estate agents are very vulnerable,” McNamara said. “I think it is great that they want to learn how to protect themselves.”
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