Not soon after the mass murder of 26 adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary, the issue of gun control was a sizzling topic in national conversations.
Conceal carry instructor Hagan Goutierrez says some in Acadiana took those issues to heart and then hand by getting their conceal carry license.
"Since the incidents that happened in December we have seen a slight increase in the number of shooters that we've had come take the conceal carry course," says Goutierrez.
Conceal carry instructor Goutierrez says more people have been taking his course since the Sandy Hook incident not because they're scared their guns will be taken away, but they just want to protect their Second Amendment rights.
"As a result of the talked about gun legislation, potential gun legislation, they wanna carry those weapons and like I said just exercise their rights."
Hollie Alford says she was getting her license in spite of emerging gun opponents in Washington and to possibly prevent the next Sandy Hook.
"If I were in that situation and if I didn't have my conceal carry I would be just as helpless as everyone else is so why not exercise my rights and come get educated and get my license and do it the right way so maybe I can stop that from happening to myself or someone else, says Alford."
L.J. Barquet, also a gun proponent, says citizens in America would be much safer with more conceal carry licenses and the other territories that don't allow conceal carry, like Illinois and the District of Columbia, are misinformed about guns.
"They just don't know enough about guns or care to know enough about handguns. And they're afraid of them more than going to a conceal carry course and learning about them or learning how to use them responsibly."