Instructor offering Albuquerque cab drivers discounted concealed carry courses

A firearms instructor is offering Albuquerque cab drivers discounted concealed carry courses after one driver was carjacked and murdered last week.

KOAT reports that John Keel — former serviceman and cab driver, now a security guard and firearms instructor — is offering $50 concealed carry courses to all cab drivers in New Mexico’s largest city. That is about a $100-150 discount.

“Firearms are, you know, they’re a tool,” Keel said. “They’re a tool for self-defense.”

New Mexico does not require cab companies to have security cameras or partitions in their vehicles, and Keel says that cabbies should feel empowered to defend themselves.

Keel’s offer comes after a Yellow Cab Company driver was carjacked and killed Feb. 27 in Albuquerque. Police have arrested a suspect in the murder and do not yet have a motive.

Keel, who indicated he had picked up some “questionable” people during his time as a cab driver, says the classes will teach people how to de-escalate situations before using a weapon as a last resort.

People can sign up for the classes through his business’ Facebook page.