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Sheriff’s office offers free firearms safety courses


Holmes County residents who own guns and want to learn how to safely handle them can do so through free courses offered by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

The HCSO is holding training classes on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Participants can register by calling 850-547-4421.

‘With the new law about constitutional carry, we want citizens to be offered a course to better familiarize themselves with a firearm,’ Sheriff John Tate said.

Additional classes will be scheduled, with dates to be announced on the HCSO Facebook page when available. At least one class a month or ‘sometimes two’ is planned, Tate said. 

Interested residents are encouraged to register quickly since courses are limited to 20 people and, according to the HCSO, ‘will fill up fast.’

‘Participants will be expected to provide their own firearm and at least 20 rounds of ammunition,’ the HCSO said in an announcement. 

The courses are made possible through a $33,760 grant awarded by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

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