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Newton Sheriff's Office offers free gun safety class

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is now accepting registrations for a free Citizen's Firearms Safety Course set for Saturday, June 2.

The eight-hour course will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center at 15151 Alcovy Road. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of class.

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 weapons at the NCSO Weapons Range.

Participants must be at least 21, consent to a criminal background check and produce a valid Georgia driver's license. They must also furnish their own ammunition and firearm, which must be in good, serviceable condition. A caliber less than a .38 will not be allowed at the Weapons Range.

Applications can be obtained from NCSO headquarters and those accepted will be notified by email. Registrations must be received no later than May 25.

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