Women’s gun safety course offered today

Published 10:53 pm Friday, March 30, 2012

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said he has seen a spike in the interest of taking women’s gun safety courses during the past month.

Thomas said that this Saturday is the first class of the spring and it, plus two others, are already full.

The first part of the course is in a classroom where ladies are taught about the legal aspects of owning a gun and Alabama’s Self-defense Law.

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Then, the women head to the firing range on Shellhorn Road.

“Most have handled a firearm and have shot a firearm before, but there are some who are little hesitant,” Thomas said. “But we are there to help them build skill and confidence.”

Some women may already have a gun, Thomas said. Instructors will help them become more comfortable with their weapon. Guns and ammunition will be provided for those who are interested in possibly owning a gun, but haven’t made a purchase. Thomas said the instructors are happy to advise on what type of weapon may be best for a lady.

The classes are free and there is room for about 16 women, per session. Those who are interested in learning more about gun safety should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 566-4347.