Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Public Safety and Human Services department has two firearm focused short-term training options available during the current spring semester: Basic Gun Maintenance and Handgun Safety.

Basic Gun Maintenance is the newest short-term training course offered under ‘ Public Safety and Human Services,’ and will begin its inaugural class on February 8 at PCC’s Caswell County Campus in Yanceyville. This 8-week course will teach interested students how to assemble and disassemble their firearm safely and correctly, how to thoroughly clean it, and learn its inner anatomy.

“I know there are people in our communities that are like me, who are afraid to take apart and clean their firearms because they don’t want to damage it,” said Roy Allen, Dean of Public Safety and Human Services. “That’s what this class is for, to make sure responsible gun owners fully understand their weapon and have the confidence to properly clean their firearm with a classically trained gunsmith taking them step by step.”

To maintain optimal safety on campus, firearms must be unloaded at all times during the course. Class is held Tuesdays and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

For those who are looking to earn their concealed carry permit, PCC is offering a one-day Handgun Safety course twice in the spring semester, with the next class held on March 5 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Completion of this class is required to apply for a concealed carry permit through the sheriff’s department.

“Safety is the ultimate goal when it comes to firearms,” Allen said. “We want to make sure firearm owners feel safe, but we also want to ensure they are safely handling and safely storing their concealed weapon.”

Other requirements include being a US citizen and a resident of NC for at least 30 days; being 21 years of age or older; and having no indictments, felony record, violent misdemeanor, or impaired driving offense in last 3 years.

To find more information or register for either of these courses please call (336) 694-8071 or email teresa.arwood@piedmontcc.edu. You can also register online here .

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