The Commerce Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will hold a firearms safety course for women on Saturday, April 20.
The six—hour course will begin at 9 a.m. at Lanier Technical College in Commerce, said Commerce police chief John Gaissert, after which it will move to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office firing range at the county government complex off General Jackson Drive, Jefferson.
“Sheriff Janis Mangum was gracious enough to approve use of her range for the actual shooting portion of the course,” he said.
Approximately three hours will be spent in the classroom and three hours will be utilized on the firing range. A bag lunch will be provided.
Participants will be asked to bring whatever weapon they intend to use and the ammunition they would use in the course of their need, Gaissert said. Weapons should be unloaded, and all weapons will be checked to make sure they’re not loaded.
“Safety is the paramount issue,” Gaissert stated.
A female National Rifle Association instructor will teach the course, assisted by Commerce Police Department firearms instructors.
“We hosted (a women’s firearms safety course) five years ago,” Gaissert said. “It was very well received. She’s going to be more responsive to the concerns of the ladies and they might feel more open to discussing things with her.”
The course is offered at no charge. Details for registering will be announced soon.