The Commerce Police Department will hold a free ladies’ handgun class on Saturday, May 10, starting at 9 a.m. at the Lanier Technical College campus on South Elm Street.
The class, taught by the department’s certified firearms instructors, will include three hours in a classroom going over firearms safety, nomenclature and carry laws. The class will then move to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office range near the county jail where participants will have an opportunity to shoot with instructors.
A box lunch will be provided at no cost.
Signup is limited to 35 and can be accomplished at the police department. Participants must fill out a liability waiver form.
“The ladies can bring their own guns of .380 caliber or higher,” said Lt. Ken Harmon. “If they don’t have a gun, we will have some guns on hand. The guns will be inspected by the instructors in the morning before the course begins.”
Harmon explained that guns of smaller calibers — .22, .25 and .32, for example — tend to be “not the highest quality in the world. We try to stick to better firearms, something easy to learn on.
We’ve had ladies show up with little bitty semiautomatics that cost $120 and are hard to hold onto, hard to learn with. They will have a better experience if they have a quality firearm they can get their hands on and learn with.”