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Rockdale Sheriff's Citizens gun safety courses, Sept. 13, Oct. 11
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The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is set to host two gun safety classes for civilian residents.

The classes are designed to give Rockdale County residents training on handgun safety. The classes will consist of classroom portion and time at the RCSO range. Each class will be open to 25 participants for each class. Classes will be held on September 13 and October 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees are required to bring their own lunch.

Course topics will include basic firearms safety, current gun laws, 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 Rockdale County Sheriff's Office firing range under the supervision of certified firearms instructors from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

"I am pleased to offer two more gun safety classes for the citizens of Rockdale County," said Sheriff Eric J. Levett. "It is very important for someone who owns a gun to know the law and how to use the weapons safely. The RCSO firearms instructors will be updating the attendees on all the changes that just took effect July 1st."

Requirements for the course are as follows: 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 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.

Those interested in taking the course can pick up an application in person at the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office from the Judicial Bureau or download a copy from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office website,

Applications include basic participant information, course requirements and a background check. Completed applications must be turned in at the RCSO to Lieutenant Darold Vissering, along with a copy of your driver's license.

The RCSO Citizen's Firearms Safety Courses are free of charge.

The deadline to turn in an application is August 29.