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Registration underway for youth First Gun Course


Registration is currently underway for children ages 8 to 12 to participate in the Caddo Sheriff’s Office “First Gun Course.” The four-hour course will be offered from 8 a.m. until noon on two dates - December 18, 2021, and January 8, 2022. All classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, 15639 Highway One South. 

Designed specifically for youth, the course provides basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun but want to be able to use one safely. It's also highly recommended for children who will receive a new BB gun, shotgun, or hunting rifle for Christmas.  

“Children who will receive a gun for Christmas can try it for the first time in a safe environment with the help of a trained Caddo sheriff’s deputy,” Sheriff Steve Prator said.  “Parents are wise to want their children to know basic firearms safety before a gun is given as a gift, and I would strongly urge them to register their child for this program,” Prator said. 

Children are welcome to attend the course with BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles, and small caliber shotguns. No high-powered rifles will be allowed. Only BB's and .22 ammunition will be supplied by the training academy.  Through generous donations by local citizens and local wholesalers, those children without a gun can use one supplied at the academy.  Participants will shoot skeet and fixed targets supplied by the National Rifle Association Foundation.

There's no cost for the course, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited, and Caddo Parish residents will be given preference.  An adult must remain with the child throughout the course. To register, call CPSO Community Programs at 681-0875.

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

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