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Newton Sheriff's Office offers gun safety course

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is once more offering its Citizen Firearm Safety Course.

The course is set for Saturday, June 8, and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. which includes an hour for lunch.

The course will consist of a seven-hour block of instruction and demonstration time with class beginning at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road. After lunch, at 12:30 p.m. the class will meet at the Sheriff's County Sheriff's Office Firing Range, located at 272 Lower River Road for live fire exercises.

The classroom time will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the firing range and nomenclature of the basic revolver and semi-automatic pistol.

There are a limited number of spaces available and the class usually fills up so those interested in taking the class are urged to apply immediately.

Participants must be 21 years of age, consent to and pass a criminal background check and produce a valid Georgia driver's license. They must also bring their own firearm and ammunition.

"Your firearm and ammunition must be in good and serviceable condition," said Lt. Paul Gunter, agency training coordinator for the NCSO. "The firearm must at least be a .380 caliber."

Applications for the class are available at NCSO headquarters.

"If you are selected, you will be notified by mail, but we prefer to notify you by email if you supply it on the application form," Gunter said. "If you do not get a notification, the course was full and you were not selected."

Anyone with questions should call Gunter at 678-625-1444.