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Real estate agents taking up arms in America

Realtors often go into houses they don’t know, with people they’ve just met. Safety efforts have become a real focus, but the potential for violence has some of them taking up arms.

Scott Smith spends a lot of time at the range, making sure if he has to use his gun, he’s fully trained and ready.

“If you’re going to carry a firearm, you’re going to need to be proficient with it,” he said.

But Smith doesn’t just shoot for sport. He legally carries a concealed gun for his job as a realtor.

“People think realtors have a lot of money, that they are rolling in the dough, so people automatically think – ‘there’s an easy target.'”

A 2018 report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed 33 percent of those surveyed experienced a situation that made them fear for their safety. Five percent reported they’d been the victim of a crime at work.

“We many times meet people in places that could put ourselves in peril,” said John Smaby, President of the National Association of Realtors.

He says it’s a priority for the organization, which in recent years has stepped up training and safety education for agents.