Wel­come to the world of firearms

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment of­fers course for begin­ners

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

If you’ve never held a gun in your life, you may be the per­fect can­di­date for the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment’s up­com­ing firearms class, ac­cord­ing to in­struc­tor Sgt. Arvo Bowen.

The ba­sic firearms in­struc­tions class is aimed to­ward ed­u­cat­ing those who may have thought of own­ing a gun or may al­ready own a gun but have con­cerns about us­ing them.

“You fear for your safety, but usu­ally the fear of hav­ing a pow­er­ful weapon and not know­ing what to do with it out­weighs that fear,” said Bowen.

He hopes that by ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on the proper and safe han­dling of hand­guns, they can feel safer and more em­pow­ered around guns.

The eight- hour, one- day class will cover a gamut of top­ics, in­clud­ing le­gal is­sues, the spec­trum of use of force and deadly force, weapons se­lec­tion to fit life­styles and needs, main­te­nance, home safety and stor­age, gun per­mits and self de­fense. The class will also in­clude in­struc­tion on how to shoot. Women of­ten end up be­ing bet­ter shots than men, said Bowen, be­cause they have fewer bad habits to un­learn.

“I like it, I re­ally like it,” said Stacy Walden, a three­time class grad­u­ate who in­tended to ap­ply again. “I just think its fun.”

Jen­nifer Mercek, an­other alum, had grown up re­spect­ing guns since her fa­ther was a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer but chose not to have them in the house with her 6-year-old son.

“It puts me in awe. Just what it can do to an­other per­son and body,” said Mercek, a 911 dis­patcher at the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter.

The class be­gan sev­eral years ago as a pub­lic ser­vice and is be­ing of­fered three times this year, on April 26, July 12 and Sept. 27.

“We were get­ting more and more calls for peo­ple want­ing to know about the laws around hand guns and how to han­dle them safely,” said Bowen.

He said in the long run, it was go­ing to help the City of Cov­ing­ton if peo­ple were more in­formed about when they can and can’t carry guns.

“ I think ev­ery­one should be familiar with them,” said Walden.

The class is free and open to the pub­lic but lim­ited to 10 peo­ple per ses­sion. The classes will be held at the firearms com­plex in City Pond Park. Ap­pli­cants are re­quired to be 21 or older, have no felony con­vic­tions, no con­vic­tions un­der the Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Act and must au­tho­rize a crim­i­nal his­tory check.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (770) 385-2128.

Mandi Singer/The COv­ing­ton News

Safety first: City of Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Sgt. Arvo Bowen, right, a Ge­or­gia POST-cer­ti­fied fire arms in­struc­tor re­views safety as­pects of shoot­ing with Jen­nifer Mereck, a grad­u­ate of the ba­sic re­volver fa­mil­iar­iza­tion course.

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