Police to offer gun safety course

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Troy residents have been focused on improving their safety after a man kicked in the front door of a young couple’s home on March 5, sending all three to the hospital. The home invasion resulted in the assailant’s death.

In response to an influx of calls, the Troy Police Department is hosting firearms classes for women that will include a presentation from the District Attorney’s office about the legalities of self-defense.

Police Chief Jimmy Ennis said women don’t have to have a gun to participate and instructors will help ladies decide what weapon might be right for them. If a woman already has a gun she can go through the training with her own weapon.

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“We are offering the course so that people can learn how to shoot and learn how to protect themselves,” Ennis said.

The course is $10 and people must pre-register to participate.

The first two-part class will be offered on March 22 and 24. The Thursday course will be in a classroom beginning at 6 p.m. and the Saturday course will be held at the police department’s gun range from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ennis said the March classes are almost full, but there will be another round of courses offered on May 3 and May 5.

“We’re glad we’re able to provide this to the public,” Ennis said.

For more information or to register for the calls, call the Troy Police Department at 566-0500.

A co-ed class is planned in the future, Ennis said.