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Southern Nevadans are learning self-defense

Posted at 11:45 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 03:01:34-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — More people are learning how to defend themselves in response to violence in our communities. This comes as we've seen at least three shootings in three days across the valley.

Nephi Oliva is the founder of Las Vegas Gunfights near S. Highland Drive and Desert Inn.

"There's definitely a movement towards people being more proactive about their self-defense," he said.

Oliva founded the Las Vegas Gunfights Tactical Martial Arts Academy in 2016. He says they helped approximately 2,200 people get a concealed carry weapons permit in 2018.

Just two months into the new year, he says they've helped several hundred others.

Oliva says self-defense is all about self-confidence.

"The way that you carry yourself, your eye contact with other people ... that's where self-defense really starts," said Oliva.

Although he teaches students how to fire a weapon, Oliva says preventing confrontation is key.

At the scene of a deadly shooting near Riley and Sunset Wednesday night, police stressed the importance of staying calm and avoiding fights.

According to detectives, a man was shot and killed by a stranger in the parking lot of his apartment complex after a dispute.