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RCSO gun safety classes Sept. 15, Oct. 13
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Firearms instructor Lt. Ricky Edge and 2008 RCSO Citizens Academy alumni and student Bill Weston at the new Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office shooting range, which was constructed and opened about a year ago. - photo by Michelle Kim /The News

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Unit is sponsoring two upcoming Citizen’s Firearms Safety Courses on Sept. 15 and Oct. 13. 

Rockdale residents can apply for either of the one-day courses, which last 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. 

Topics include basic firearms safety, laws covering the use of deadly force, and basic nomenclature of the revolver and semi-automatic handguns. At the end of the classroom portion of the course, participants will get the chance to use their firearm at the RCSO firing range under the supervision of certified firearms instructors.

“I am excited that we are able to offer this course again after not being able to for the past few years due to the expansion of the jail and the construction of our new firing range,” said Sheriff Jeff Wigington.

Applicants must be a resident of Rockdale County; must be at least 21 years of age; must not have been convicted of a felony; must bring a legal, modern handgun no smaller than a .380 caliber that will pass instructor inspection for safety and reliability; must bring your own ammunition; and must adhere to all rules of the RCSO firing range, which will be taught during the classroom portion of the course.

Applications include basic participant information, course requirements, the choice of one of the two offered course dates, a background check and a copy of your driver’s license.

The deadline to turn in applications is Sept. 10. For more information, contact Lt. Mike Sellers at (770) 278-8038 or

Sheriff’s Academy

The RCSO’s 16th Citizens Sheriff’s Academy kicks off Sept. 11. The eight-week program will be held each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11 through Oct. 30. The course is open to the first 20 people who apply. Applicants must be a resident of Rockdale County, be at least 18 years old and pass a background check and driver’s history check to be accepted. For more questions, contact Investigator Brian Reents at (770) 278-8042 or

Applications to the gun safety classes or the Academy can be found online at or picked up at the Sheriff’s Office, 911 Chambers Drive.