Safety classes set for firearms

The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office will host Citizen Firearms Safety Classes April 27, July 20, Oct. 19, and a class for women only on Sept. 21. These are primarily firearms safety classes but they also include marksmanship instruction. The classes include a 2-hour discussion about concealed carry laws, justifiable use of deadly force, firearm safety rules, and the fundamentals of marksmanship.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, snacks, and beverages. Classes are conducted outdoors so it’s important that participants dress for the weather.

The classes exceed the training requirements to obtain a Virginia concealed handgun permit.

U.S. citizens 18 years of age and older may register for a class. Children from age 12 may participate in a class if they are registered by and accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Persons successfully completing the class will receive a certificate of firearms safety training.

Anyone who plans to attend must register no later than one week before the class date by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (276) 694-3161. The cost of a class is $55 per person. Participants must bring 25 rounds of ammunition.  Participants may use their own handgun (it should be unloaded when brought to the class) or a Sheriff’s Office handgun. If using a Sheriff’s Office handgun, participants are asked to bring .22 long-rifle ammunition, however a .38 special or 9mm ammunition can be accommodated. The class will take place on the Sheriff’s Office/4-H Club shooting range located at 223 Transfer Station Lane, Stuart.

A criminal history check will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office on those registering for the class. For additional information, contact Sheriff Dan Smith or Deputy Ward Stone by calling (276) 694-3161.





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