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Two firearms safety classes set for May

Special photo. Taking dead aim is a student at last year's gun safety class sponsored by Covington Rotary and the Covington Police Department. Those wanting firearm instruction should register for upcoming classes by May 6.

Special photo. Taking dead aim is a student at last year's gun safety class sponsored by Covington Rotary and the Covington Police Department. Those wanting firearm instruction should register for upcoming classes by May 6.

COVINGTON -- The Covington/Newton County community is about to get it with both barrels -- the opportunity to take gun safety classes with both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be available on the same day -- May 14. Deadline to register for both classes is May 6.

The CPD, in conjunction with the Covington Rotary Club, will host its class at the FFA Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included in the instruction will be nondeadly force options, laws concerning personal safety, nomenclature of a handgun, fundamentals of shooting, bullet types and uses, gun safety, live firing, cleaning guns, carry laws, reloads, loading and unloading drills, Georgia gun laws, home storage and safety, deadly force and malfunction drills.

Instructors for the class will be Georgia POST certified firearms instructors who are trained in the operation and safety of Glock pistols. Students may bring their own unloaded weapons to be safety inspected and for instructors to evaluate. After inspection, the weapon may be used in class if it is a 9mm.

Guns will be provided by Ed's Public Safety Inc. of Stockbridge, which will provide new Glock pistols for the class. Atlanta Ammo Inc. will provide 9mm ammunition.

Refreshments and lunch will be served at the FFA Camp.

The fee for the class is $100 per person. Participants must be 21; cannot have consumed alcohol within 12 hours of the start of class; cannot be a convicted felon or have a domestic violence conviction. A background check will be conducted on each person registering.

For more information or registration forms, contact Rotary President Bob Stafford at 770-841-3320, bobstaff@gmail.com or CPD Sgt. Arvo Bowen at 770-500-8266, arvo.bowen@covingtonpolice.com.

Also on May 14, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown is hosting the first portion of a two-part gun safety class. The second portion of the class will be conducted the following Saturday, May 21. Each section of the instruction will be from 8 a.m. until noon at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center, located at 15151 Alcovy Road.

There is no charge for the instruction and participants will be required to complete both blocks of instruction in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants must be at least 21, consent to and pass a criminal background check and produce a valid Georgia driver's license.

The course will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force; firearms safety at and away from the range; and basic nomenclature of the revolver and semi-automatic pistols.

Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to fire their weapon at the NCSO Weapons Range and must furnish their own firearm and ammunition. The firearm must be in good serviceable condition. A caliber less than a .380 will not be allowed at the weapons range.

Applications can be obtained from the Newton County Law Enforcement Center and those accepted will be notified by email.

For more information, call Range Master Deputy Wayne Scott at 678-625-1542 or Agency Training Coordinator Lt. Paul Gunter at 678-625-1444.