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Firearms course will familiarize class with safety, handguns

Published 7:22pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

An upcoming program is aimed at helping citizens become more acquainted with safety and operation of handguns.

The program is sponsored by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and will be held March 29 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m at the department, located at 316 Industrial Park Drive in Dadeville.

“The course is designed to familiarize and provide firearm safety training for individuals,” said Lt. Bill Hough. “We will have a number of weapons for them to shoot in order for them to see what they feel more comfortable with if they don’t have their own. If they have their own, they are encouraged to bring it so they can become more familiar with what they have.”

Hough said the class would cover cleaning, loading and unloading and safety practices.

“We will teach them the proper way to align their sights and breathing control,” Hough said. “We will have classroom instruction first, where we will talk about gun laws, safety procedures and then we will inspect all the weapons participants bring to make sure they are safe to fire.”

The price of the course is $25, which will include ammunition for most standard calibers.

“If they have a unique weapon like a .25 or .380, they should bring their own,” Hough said. “We supply ammo for training with standard calibers like a 9MM, .38, .357 or .40 cal.”

Hough said there will be other weapons on hand for participants to fire, but the primary purpose of the event will be familiarization with handguns.

Those interested must be 18 years or older – old enough to obtain a permit. A concealed weapons permit is recommended, but not required.

“Under the new law, if they don’t have a permit, they have to have the gun locked up in a container, unloaded and placed in a different part of the vehicle,” Hough said. “If they have a permit, they can bring the firearm directly to the range without having to worry about other violations.”

For more information or to register, contact the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department at 256-825-4264. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.