Citizens come out for firearm course

Steena Hymes

June 3, 2014

Sheriff James Woodruff and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office staff hosted the second Citizens Firearms Safety Course on Saturday.

After receiving numerous requests, Woodruff started the course in September, which aims to educate those who have little or no experience with a firearm.

Public information officer Stewart Smith said the four-hour class includes information on Georgia gun laws and permit information presented by Probate Judge Donald Boyd. Attendees also receive classroom instruction on gun safety basics before spending an hour an half on the shooting range.

Smith said the class also was requested due to many people having questions regarding the recent gun law, which expands gun owners’ conceal and carry rights.

The course is designed for a maximum of 20 people. The first class held in September had 20 participants and last weekend’s class had 17.

Smith said the goal is teach people the proper use and handling of a firearm before they have to use one.

The Sheriff’s Office hopes to offer the class every two months. Anyone looking for additional information may contact Smith at 706-883-1616.