The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office offers a Citizen’s Firearm Safety class for citizens interested in learning basic handgun safety. This course can be used to fulfill one of the requirements for a Florida concealed weapons permit. The class will last approximately 4 hours, which will include a classroom portion, as well as time on the firearm range. The time on the range is to practically apply the information learned from the classroom session. This is not a “how to shoot” class, as its emphasis is on firearm safety and responsible gun ownership. There is no cost for this class, but you must provide your own handgun and 25 rounds of ammunition. You can share your handgun if you come with a friend/spouse, but be sure to bring enough ammunition for both.
UPON ARRIVAL TO THE CLASS, LEAVE YOUR UNLOADED HANDGUN LOCKED IN YOUR VEHICLE. THE INSTRUCTOR WILL GIVE THE PROCEDURE ON WHEN AND HOW TO BRING THE HANDGUN INTO THE RANGE.
Your handgun must be in a safe and operable condition. For safety reasons, a brought handgun may be denied use if the instructor deems it unsafe. If a revolver type handgun is to be used, it must be double/single-action. NO “single-action only” revolvers are allowed.
Eye and ear protection will be available at the range, however it is highly recommended to bring your own. Dress code for the class includes no open-toed shoes (sandals, flip-flops, etc) and no sleeve-less shirts (tank tops, muscle shirts, etc). Despite the Florida heat, it is highly recommended to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts for protection. If you have already attended this class or have a firearms permit, you do not need to attend this class.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES FOR THE CITIZEN’S FIREARM SAFETY COURSE FOR 2016-2017: