Police department offers citizen firearms training

Published 9:46am Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Wetumpka Police Department will conduct a citizens firearms class July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. at Wetumpka Police Department headquarters on Marshall Street.
“We are taking applications now for the class,” said Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon. “These classes fill quickly, so anyone interested should fill out an application as soon as possible.”
Dixon said classes are limited to 20 participants, and those attending must preregister.
“The first part of the course will be classroom work from 8 a.m. until noon,” said Dixon. “There will be a break for lunch and the class will resume at the department firing range.”
Classroom instruction will include information about criminal and civil law, firearms safety, fundamentals of shooting and maintenance. Attendees are encouraged to bring their firearm to the classroom portion of the session for hands-on practice and dry fire, but no ammunition is allowed there.
On the firing range, participants will be able to shoot targets. Officers will give pointers on different aspects of actually firing weapons.
Revolvers and semi-automatic pistols will be available to test fire for those considering purchase of a firearm.
Items needed for the class are a firearm, approximately 50 to 100 rounds of ammunition, a baseball cap, protective eyewear (sunglasses, etc.) and a pistol permit, if applicable.
Cost is $10, which is payable upon registration. Forms and information are available at the police department, located at 208 Marshall St. or by calling 334-567-5321.

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