Laser Shot training now used to train carry permit holders

Laser Shot training now used in Knoxville to train public and area law enforcement

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Trainees use a fake gun with the same weight and recoil as a Glock 17. Trainees use a fake gun with the same weight and recoil as a Glock 17.
In one virtual scenario law enforcement has to follow protocol and find an active shooter in a school shooting situation. After the shots are taken the video is replayed and the instructor explains what was done right and wrong. In one virtual scenario law enforcement has to follow protocol and find an active shooter in a school shooting situation. After the shots are taken the video is replayed and the instructor explains what was done right and wrong.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Saturday marks one year since the deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. To help the community and law enforcement be better prepared to respond to a shooting situation like the one in Aurora, the Tactical Advantage Corporation is offering Laser Shot training.

It's a simulator teaching people how to respond to realistic scenarios of criminal activity.

Laser shot training is a system being used in Knoxville to train law enforcement and carry permit holders. Jonathon Carter with the Tactical Advantage Corporation teaches the program.

"We can set up scenarios whether it's law enforcement scenarios, civilian scenarios, home defense scenarios," said Carter.

The system is a virtual reality simulator teaching people how to shoot without the danger of using live rounds.

"You have a safe way to learn how to defend yourself and how to defend your family, how to defend your home and you have access to scenarios where you learn the legal way to defend yourself," said Carter.

Carry permit holders also use the system to learn how to respond to realistic criminal activity scenarios. Videos are played and trainees use a fake gun with the same weight and recoil as a Glock 17. They also get virtual experience on how to handle mugging type situations.

"You actually have to contemplate what's going to happen, how is it going to effect the people around, what are the consequences and can I actually legally do this?" said Carter.

The laser shot training program not only simulates criminal activity showing when to shoot, it shows scenarios when to avoid using deadly force.

"You can learn things like you can't use lethal force to protect property. You can't fire warning shots because that would be aggravated assault," said Carter.

Carter also says he takes the laser shot system to area law enforcement centers for officer training.

"This training is very beneficial. Unfortunately the scenarios are based enough in reality where it is something law enforcement could actually see," said Carter.

In one virtual scenario law enforcement has to follow protocol and find an active shooter in a school shooting situation. After the shots are taken the video is replayed and the instructor explains what was done right and wrong.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, East Tennessee has the most handgun permit holders among the three grand divisions of Tennessee.

The laser shot training is at the Coal Creek Armory. The cost for an individual is $25 for a 30 minute training session.

Companies also use the program. The system can use footage from a building and make a criminal scenario to train security in a specific facility.

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