The first time Nick Johnston shot a gun was when he was 3 years old. By the age of 12, Johnston started to learn how to take guns apart and put them back together. At age 16, he was able to start making guns for himself. Johnston, now 24, has his concealed pistol license (CPL) and is the vice president of his grandfather’s company, Ultimate Firearms in Okemos. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he is also the owner of Johnston Firearms in Okemos as well as an Alaskan hunting guide.
By STEPHEN INGBER
Capital News Service
LANSING – Would you let your child handle a pistol if you were not present? Legislation introduced in the House would allow youth in a camp-like setting to receive firearms instruction and safety training from professional instructors without parent or guardian supervision. Currently the Boy Scouts offer rifle and shotgun instruction from professionals but the bill would allow Scouts to begin practicing with handguns. Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, introduced the legislation. “Scouting, shooting and hunting are things that are deeply ingrained in the heritage of our life in northern and mid-Michigan, “Potvin said.