Gun safety train­ing

The Covington News - - Opinion -

“The great body of our cit­i­zens shoots less as times goes on. We should en­cour­age ri­fle prac­tice among school­boys, and in­deed among all classes, as well as in the mil­i­tary ser­vices by ev­ery means in our power. Thus, and not oth­er­wise, may we be able to as­sist in pre­serv­ing peace in the world… The first step – in the di­rec­tion of prepa­ra­tion to avert war if pos­si­ble and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!”

~ Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt

One of the strengths of our con­sti­tu­tion and our re­sult­ing in­de­pen­dence, even though at times it seems it is slowly be­ing chipped away, is the Sec­ond Amend­ment, which guar­an­tees cit­i­zens rights to bear arms.

Own­ing a gun is a right, but also a priv­i­lege that can be taken away, and that’s why gun own­ers need to take the time to be prop­erly trained on how to use the weapon they own.

The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a free safety course next Satur­day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New­ton County Law En­force­ment Train­ing Cen­ter, 15151 Al­covy Road.

The only re­quire­ment is that par­tic­i­pants be at least 21 years of age, be able to pass a crim­i­nal back­ground check and have a valid Ge­or­gia driver’s li­cense. To read more about the event, visit Cov­

You can also ob­tain an ap­pli­ca­tion at the law en­force­ment cen­ter or contact Lt. Paul Gunter at (678) 625-1444 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tions are due by the end of the day Mon­day. Aug. 13.

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