“This is something people asked us about when they would come get their pistol permits,” Sheriff Rick Harris said. “People would always ask where they could go to learn about handling and using their weapons safely and effectively. So we’re making it available as a service to the community.”
There is no cost for the class; it is open to all adults in the community and it is not required that participants bring a handgun to the class.
“This is mostly about teaching how to properly handle the guns and provide a basic review as well as an overview of the new gun laws,” Harris explained. “We will also talk about when you should use a gun and when you shouldn’t.”
The class will also cover new gun legislation that will take effect on Aug. 1 and will impact when and where individuals can carry their concealed handguns.
In many ways, the law expands the rights of individuals to carry their handguns, as long as they comply with other state laws regarding permits.
Attendees are not required to preregister for the class and can show up at the fire department at 6 p.m. on either day.
The sheriff’s department has recently offered firearms safety classes targeted for women, as well as a multi-week self defense class that is currently ongoing.
Harris said all those safety and defense classes have come about because of requests made by Winston County residents to the department.
For more information on the class, contact the sheriff’s office at (205) 489-8765 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WinstonCountySheriffsOffice.