CPSO offering gun safety courses for children after Christmas

CPSO Gun safety class

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some children will wake up on Christmas day to unwrap their very own BB gun or hunting rifle, but the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office is wanting to make sure these children know how to use their gifts properly.

On Thursday, December 27th, 2018, the Sheriff’s Office will be hosting another “First Gun Course” for children ages 8 to 12 years old.

The class will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until noon. It will be geared towards children who will be receiving a new hunting rifle or shot gun for Christmas, and for children who have never used a gun before.

“The natural curiosity of children wanting to discover about a gift of a firearm or some type of BB gun or paintball gun, that’s always there,” said Sgt. Jim Dunn. “They are wanting to put their hands on it, so let’s show and teach them how to do it safely.”

Children will receive classroom instructions, then shoot skeet and fixed targets.

Dunn says many of the children who take the class will walk away with a better understanding and more respect for firearms.

The class will take place at the Sheriff’s Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy on 15639 Highway One South in Caddo Parish.

There is no cost for the class, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

An adult must be present with the child throughout the course.

To register, call (318) 681-0735.

The Sheriff’s Office is also offering a new women’s firearms course that will feature “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” scenarios.

This class is geared towards women who have a basic knowledge of firearms safety and handling.

The class will focus on making “shoot or don’t shoot” decisions.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, and have a prior firearms training. They must also bring their own handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition, and a holster.

The class size is limited to 12 participants. To register contact Deputy Andrea Claiborne at (318) 681-0735, or you can email her at andrea.claiborne@caddosheriff.org

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