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Handgun Safety Course available at PCC

Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) will offer a Handgun Safety course on Saturday, November 3. The 8-hour class will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and fulfills the course requirement for obtaining a concealed carry handgun permit.

Since 1995, N.C. citizens have had the right to carry concealed weapons – if they complete the training program. The course will cover laws concerning the use of deadly force, laws governing areas concealed weapons may be carried, and rules and ideas for gun safety.

The instructor for the class will be Lynn Ward, who has been a PCC instructor for over 20 years. He received basic firearms instructor training through the NRA and his concealed carry instructor training from the North Carolina Justice Academy.

In order for citizens to be eligible to obtain a concealed carry permit, they need to first take this required class, and then apply for their permit through their local sheriff’s department. Concealed carry permit applicants in North Carolina must also be:
• A U.S. citizen
• A resident of the state of North Carolina for at least 30 days
• At least 21 years of age
• Not be under indictment
• Not have a felony record, a violent misdemeanor, or an impaired driving offense in the last three years
The registration fee for PCC’s Handgun Safety course is $75. Payment of the registration is required to reserve your seat in the class.

To enroll or for more information, call PCC’s Workforce Development Team at (336) 322-2156.