Anyone who wants to learn the basics of firearm safety has several local course offerings to choose from.
Local firearm safety instructor Dave Brown gave a presentation to the Surface Creek Republican Women at their monthly meeting on April 16 where he also discussed with members aspects of the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permitting process here.
Brown explained that his firearm safety course, offered through the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, teaches the basic operation of handguns including both revolvers and self-loading pistols.
He and other safety instructors conduct three classes in spring and three in fall. His final class this spring was on April 27.
The comprehensive, one-day session covers a lot of ground. There is classroom instruction in the morning and then a practical in the afternoon conducted by Brown and other certified instructors at a local shooting range. Passing a firearms safety course is only one of the requirements for obtaining a CCW.
There is no need to own a handgun to take the class. Many couples take the classes together, Brown said. He has had youths as young as 16 in the class, and that is by no means too young to begin learning the basics of firearm safety, Brown said. A person must be at least 21 years old to obtain a CCW permit.
No background checks are required to take the course, though one is required to obtain a concealed carry permit.
A Hunter Safety Card is not required to take Brown's safety class, and the Hunter Safety Card does not qualify someone to apply for a CCW permit. Hunter safety is a program of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Brown explained the rules about "concealed carry" permits.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee told the Delta County Independent that, as of April 19, his department has issued 1,710 CCW permits, most of them over the last 11 years.
"When I participate in the training, I stress use-of-force issues: when you can use force and what is the appropriate amount of force," McKee said.
"The statute is very vague about the quality of training that is needed to meet requirements for permit. I concur with most sheriffs that a portion of the training needs to be conducted in a classroom followed up with time shooting on a range. If a person has little experience with a firearm, I encourage them to seek longer, more in-depth training.
"I believe people need to be able to protect themselves at all times, but they need to be able to do this safely and confidently," Sheriff McKee said.blog comments powered by Disqus