Appling County Sheriff’s Office Offering Handgun Safety Class

The Appling County Sheriff’s Office will offer a basic handgun safety class in April 26 and 28, 2018. Classes will be conducted by Sheriff Mark Melton, Chief Deputy Gene Davis and Superintendent Linton Deloach of the Department of Corrections, as well as other certified firearms instructors. These instructors have many years of experience in firearms training and other specialties. Anyone interested in attending will gain knowledge regardless of their personal expertise in the field of firearms usage.

The classes are basic. Everyone attending will feel comfortable at their individual comprehension level. This is an opportunity to learn about the laws that govern carry permits, where they can be obtained, cost, and the protection a permit provides. There will be discussion regarding the different types of firearms and their proper usage. Class will also include perspective as to the most appropriate weapon for a user, depending on their skill level and proclivity to practice with the weapon. We will provide information about the proper shooting skills necessary for individuals to be safe and proficient with a firearm.

The classroom portion of the class will be conducted Thursday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Appling County Sheriff’s Office. Students should not bring any gun or ammunition to this portion of the training. The second portion of the training will be the following Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., at the Baxley Police Department Range.

Any citizen who is 21 years of age or older or is age 16 -20 but accompanied by an adult and is not a convicted felon, may attend. There is a small fee of $35.00 per student to attend the two day class. This fee will offset the cost for ammunition, targets, ear plugs and others items provided. This fee must be paid on the first day of class.

We will provide handguns for the shooting portion of the training. However, if you have a handgun and want to bring it with you on day 2, you may do so, but with the following restrictions: Before putting the gun in your vehicle, make sure it is safe and unloaded. If you are not sure about the gun’s safety, leave it in a holster and we will check it at the range. Once you arrive at the range, leave the gun in your vehicle. An instructor will go with you to your car to retrieve the gun.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Appling County Sheriff’s Office, 912-367-8120.