GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - As shots were fired at a gun safety class in Gulfport, the people behind the weapons were defending the firearm's innocence and importance.
"A gun is only dangerous when it's in dangerous hands or the wrong hands," said gun owner Laura Hanson.
"I think it's going to be good to familiarize yourself with how to use one with things in the future," said gun owner Stephanie Cowart.
The long standing debate over gun control was all the talk at this safety course, the same day the Senate voted to allow a bill for tougher restrictions to come to the floor.
Hanson said a firearm is just one of many things people can abuse and they should recognize the power they hold with their finger on the trigger.
"It makes me realize the responsibility required to be a gun owner and to be a parent that's a gun owner," said Hanson.
She feels the government is threatening second amendment rights and that isn't going to keep people away from acquiring firearms. That's what made her decide to get one of her own.
"It allows me to feel in control of myself, if I feel the need to defend myself," said Hanson.
The owner of Dad's Super Pawn Kevin Riley has been selling guns for more than 30 years. He said tougher guidelines may not necessarily stop guns from getting into the wrong hands.
"These people are going to get firearms whether we do a background check or not. So the only ones you're affecting are law abiding citizens," said Riley.
While the gun control package cleared its first hurdle, it still has a long way to go before the stricter guidelines could be put in place. Many hope other solutions will be found.
"If they would just enforce the laws we have and punish the people who break the laws," said Riley.
"I feel it's a constitutional right and we all have it," said Hanson.
Until the next step is taken, gun owners say they'll appreciate their gun freedom one shot at a time.