WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- You may remember the Wrightsville Country Store clerk who shot a robber in November. Having had no experience with a gun, the store's owner thought it would be a good idea to get Mark Headstrong some training.
“A gun in a person's hand that is not trained is really more dangerous than somebody trying to rob you,” said Matt Rhodes, a concealed carry instructor in Wilmington.
Storeowner Musa Agil gave his employees guns and now he is paying for them all to get properly trained.
“I think we owe it to them, said Agil. “We owe it to them to give them the tools to protect themselves, not only that but to give them the proper training to use those tools.”
“It's an amazing experience to learn how to hold a gun and handle it,” said Headstrong.
The Wrightsville Country Store isn't the only Wilmington business taking this extra step to protect themselves.
“A lot of people have come to me that own businesses from restaurants, to taxi cab drivers, to people that own convenient stores, because they feel at any time they could be robbed,” said Rhodes.
Headstrong says the training has given him the confidence so that next time he finishes the job.
“I'm going to shoot to kill and not to feel mercy on him or whoever,” he said.
With so many armed robberies in Wilmington, Agil says employees should be able to defend themselves.
“I don't think you really want your employees to be sitting ducks and helpless and defenseless,” he said. “I think it would be a major mistake”.