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Patrick County Sheriff’s Office to host gun safety classes for adults, children

PATRICK COUNTY – The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office will teach two more Firearm Safety classes this year. The next class is for women only on Saturday, September 22st. The final class of the year is Saturday, October 20th and is for men, women, and children age 12 and older, if accompanied by their parent. These are primarily firearms safety classes but they also include marksmanship instruction. There is a 2-hour discussion about concealed carry laws, justifiable use of deadly force, firearm safety rules, and the fundamentals of marksmanship. Class duration is 4 hours. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to use during the discussion, snacks to eat, and beverages to drink. Classes are conducted outdoors so it’s important that participants dress for the weather.

These classes exceed the training requirement to obtain a Virginia concealed handgun permit and persons completing the class will receive a certificate of firearms safety training.

Those desiring to attend should register not later than one week prior to the class date by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 694-3161. The cost of a class is $55.00 per person. Those attending must bring their own 25 rounds of ammunition. Citizens may use their own handgun (it should be unloaded when brought to the class) or they may use a Sheriff’s Office handgun. If using a sheriff’s office handgun it is strongly recommended to bring .22 long-rifle ammunition, but .38 special or 9mm ammunition can be accommodated. The class will take place on the Sheriff’s Office/4H Club shooting range located at 223 Transfer Station Lane, Stuart. A criminal history check will be completed by the Sheriff’s Office on those registering for the class. For additional information contact Ward Stone by leaving a message at 694-3161 or call 692-6453.

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