If you know, or ever get to know, Max Capp you'll quickly learn that he stands on firm ground with what he feels is right.
And recently in the midst of an elementary school shooting, a raid on a Colorado movie theater and a gun control topic amongst the U.S. Senate, Capp decided to start his own business so folks looking to conceal and carry have all the knowledge they need.
"Sandy Hook was my last straw personally. The movie theater put me over the edge and the school shooting, that blew me out of the water," Capp said. "People need to be educated if they're going to be carrying a firearm. A person carrying a firearm on them, a loaded firearm on them need to be very knowledgeable in their actions. They need to know the justification, the liabilities, and the legal principles on all that."
His background is a long career in law enforcement with the Hannibal Police Department and the state prison in Bowling Green. He said action needed to be taken in order to get folks trained who want to have their own personal protection on them if a situation arises.
"I feel like it's becoming a big issue, a safety issue," Capp said. "Carrying a gun on you is risque anyway. I just went ahead and opened my business up at a cheap rate. Most instructors charge $100 to $150. I made mine for the working person, $75."
Capp has gotten certification in seven counties to conduct carrying a concealed weapon course (CCW). He is also a trained firearms instructor. And he says his students come from all walks of life. Capp said he is training attorneys, business directors, daycare owners and pretty soon a teacher will be joining.
"A lot of them are worried about their guns being taken away," Capp said. "Classes have been just full. Its been crowded."
As soon as he can, Capp said he also wants to be certified to train in other areas of the state, across the river in Illinois and eventually be certified by the NRA.
Room is still available for Capp's course April 7 with many spots open for the April 21 course.