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What to do during Christmas break? Caddo Sheriff to host two gun safety courses for kids

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Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator is hosting a marksmanship course for youth ages 12-16.

The course is designed to teach basic marksmanship skills, safe gun handling, and the fundamentals of shooting a firearm. One-on-one instruction will be provided by certified deputies from the Caddo Sheriff’s Office.

The class is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27. Participants must bring their own lunch. They are also encouraged to bring their own rifle. The Sheriff’s Office has five .22 rifles to loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Targets will be made available by the Sheriff’s Office and through a grant provided by the National Rifle Association Foundation. The class is limited to 15 participants.

Additionally, the final of two “First Gun” courses offered this year for children 8-12 will  held December 16. The 4-hour class from 8 a.m. until noon is held to provide basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun but want to be able to use one safely.  It's also recommended for kids who will receive a new BB gun, shotgun, or hunting rifle for Christmas. 

Both classes are held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 15639 Highway One South. They are free but pre-registration is required by calling 681-0875.

For questions regarding this press release, please contact Cindy Chadwick at (318) 681-0666

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