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Posted: August 11, 2012 5:39 p.m.

Gun safety training

"The great body of our citizens shoots less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step - in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible and to be fit for war if it should come - is to teach men to shoot!"
~ President Theodore Roosevelt

One of the strengths of our constitution and our resulting independence, even though at times it seems it is slowly being chipped away, is the Second Amendment, which guarantees citizens rights to bear arms.

Owning a gun is a right, but also a privilege that can be taken away, and that's why gun owners need to take the time to be properly trained on how to use the weapon they own.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is providing the opportunity to take part in a free safety course next Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center, 15151 Alcovy Road.

The only requirement is that participants be at least 21 years of age, be able to pass a criminal background check and have a valid Georgia driver's license. To read more about the event, visit CovNews.com.

You can also obtain an application at the law enforcement center or contact Lt. Paul Gunter at (678) 625-1444 for more information.

Registrations are due by the end of the day Monday. Aug. 13.

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