Toledo police layoffs leading to gun buying
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The first round of Toledo police layoffs, in which 75 officers were let go, may already be having an affect on gun ownership.
"I just don't feel safe with the amount they're laying off," says Jonna Ewing. "I think it's going to be a longer respond time."
She is spending the day at a conceal carry class. She's been thinking of getting a gun for awhile, but feels now's the time due to the recent layoffs.
She's not alone. Case in point, someone in Jonna's class wears one those infamous police t-shirts: "I called 911 and all I got was this lousy garbage can" that showed up soon after the TPD cuts.
Tom Urbanski runs Ski's Firearms Training & Consulting. He also teaches the conceal carry classes.
For him, the layoffs mean big business as people are taking safety into their own hands.
"People are panicking, they're figuring the only way they can protect themselves is for them to protect themselves," says Urbanski. "So yeah, my business is booming."