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James City County Police Department offers firearm safety classes in spring

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This spring, area residents interested in learning about firearm safety have a golden opportunity coming up.

The James City County Police Department will offer firearm safety classes from Jan. 22 to March 31, according to a James City County news release. The classes will be held at the Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way.

Class schedule:

  • Jan.22, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Jan. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Feb 12, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Feb. 17, 9-11:30 a.m.
  • March 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • March 31, 9-11:30 a.m.

Each session will cover basic safety handling, storage and laws related to carrying a concealed handgun. Classes are free, and pre-registration is required.

Registration can be completed by visiting the county’s website.

Personal firearms cannot be brought to these courses. The class does not include hands-on training, so students should leave their firearms at home.

This course meets the requirement for the “Documentation of Proof of Handgun Competency” as part of the VA Concealed Handgun Permit application process, and a certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees.

Free gun locks will also be provided to participants by Project ChildSafe.

Contact Master Officer Alan McDowell at 757-603-6026 with any questions about the course and Stephanie Williams at 757-259-5173 with any registration questions.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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