Local gun sales spike after attacks on military sites in Chattanooga

Habib Abbasi loads his handgun during the live ammunition training on Thursday evening at the Sportsman's Indoor Shooting range. Sergeant Mark Haskins led a concealed carry permit course at the Sportsman's Indoor Shooting on Thursday evening in Hixson. The course involved classroom learning and firing range practice with paper targets.

The messages started rolling in around 11 p.m.

How can I protect my family? Where do I sign up for classes? What should I do? They came through emails, over Facebook, the phone.

More than 25 questions later, Kristi Manning started to feel guilty. After Thursday's violence, the gun-shop owner didn't want to pull attention from the shooting, didn't want to dishonor the fallen.

But the community needed protection.

"I am including the link to anyone who wants to sign up for classes," she wrote early Friday morning on Carter Shooting Supply's Facebook page.

Since then, the phones haven't stopped.

In the wake of 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez's Thursday assaults on a military recruitment center and the U.S.