From staff and press reports
The Winston County sheriff’s office hosted a handgun safety class for Winston County residents on July 27.
The class consisted of about three hours of classroom discussion at the Winston County Annex Building, along with range activity at the Winston/Choctaw Correctional Facility.
The class focused on basic safety for handgun owners and their families, proper cleaning and storage of handguns, and Mississippi laws concerning possession of handguns.
At the shooting range class attendees used a maximum of 70 rounds.
Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh noted the class was a success despite some early morning rain.
“We had good attendance and may hold another class when the weather is cooler,” said Sheriff Pugh.
Class size was limited to 25 people. The cost of the class is $75 to cover NRA booklet, targets, refreshments, and other costs. The class was lead by Jonathan Peeples, Jason Pugh and Neal Higgason. Peeples is a National High Scoring Individual Conservation Officer, National PPC National Championships and a NRA Distinguished in NRA PPC in both revolver and semiautomatic weapons.
Participants in the class lined up at the range and fired their shoots a volunteers and Sheriff staff coordinated and helped with the shooting.
Sheriff Pugh noted the success of the classes has encouraged his office to continue to do the class especially since it focuses on safety of the individuals in the use of their weapon.
Participants in the class not only gained confidence in the use of their weapon but also earn certification in the class which allows them to apply for a concealed carry permit within the next 90 days.
Sheriff Pugh noted he was a proponent of responsible gun ownership and that it is important that courses such as this one are available to provide safety and understanding.