Wakulla County Firearm Training Course

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

If you own a gun or are around guns, knowing how to properly use and handle a firearm can help you and those around you stay safe.

Since 2010, there have been numerous reported accidental shootings in the Big Bend Area.

One of the most recently reported victims being Ashley Cowie, a 20 year old FSU student. She was killed when a young man accidentally shot her at a fraternity house.

It's stories like Cowie's that make it apparent that you need to be familiar with your firearm.

One way to learn the ins and outs of a gun is by taking a firearm training and safety course.

One is being offered by The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

"People want to learn more about their firearms, learn more about the safety of the fire arms, also I think some people are worried about their general safety," said Lieutenant Fred Nichols.

Folks at the Wakulla County firearm training and safety course say, the number one reason why they are taking the classes is for self defense.

"I think women should know what it takes to defend themselves," said Martha Hitson a student of the class.

Each class holds about thirty students and takes place on Saturdays.

The classes cost about $60 for non-range members and the age range is from 18 to about 80, showing that gun safety is important at any age.

Whether you're interested in gun safety or self defense, at the end of the class you will receive a certificate to apply for your concealed carry permit.

For more information check out, www.wcso.org or call 1.850.745.7290

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  • by Guy Location: Here on Feb 21, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Everyone who owns a gun should take this training course. I attended last year and it was well worth the cost.
  • by Brian Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Where is there a good range/store to evaluate, purchase and train with a weapon at in the area? I used to shoot many years ago and would like to purchase a hand gun that not only I, but my wife can use as well. I saw the Tallahassee Indoor shooting place on Cap Cir NW, but they don't look like they are opening anytime soon. Any suggestions? I have family in Tampa, so I'm really just considering going there since they are all members of a range down there.
  • by Gun Supporter Location: North Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Why isn't there a range somewhere on the North side of Leon County. Going to Walkulla for a safety coure or to get on a legal range is ridiculous.
  • by Another NRA member Location: Crawfordville on Feb 20, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Hooray for the Wakulla County Sheriff's Department! If more counties did this there would probably be fewer accidents.
  • by Jeff Morelock Location: Florida on Feb 20, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    Lawmakers and concealed Weapons permit holders should be able to carry guns wherever they want. According to the FBI, there is a violent attack in this country every 22 seconds. This is not 1950s Mayberry USA anymore. Why should people have to fall victim to these attacks? As a former police homicide detective, I have had to go to way too many autopsies where the victim could have prevented his or her murder if he or she had been carrying a concealed weapon. People of smaller physical size, people with disabilities, and people who are outnumber by criminal attackers need guns to even the odds. Another FBI survey showed that 52 % of violent attacks involved more than one attacker. That's more than half. I will keep saying it until the lawmakers listen... Stricter gun laws will not keep criminals from using them. There are laws against rape, robbery, and murder, but the same criminals break them every 22 seconds. Gun laws will only make it easier from them.
  • by dog Location: gone on Feb 20, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    A FWC type hunter safety course should be required for all gun owners as well as the wakulla course, Don't get DRUNK and SHOOT OR DRIVE.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 20, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    As a gun enthusiast , I strongly support Education and experience before Any purchase of Firearm , and Common Sense. Sadly , both are lacking today , and because of such , we may soon have a new Head of BATFE who would like nothing more than to make programs like this null and void , because alot of Officials in Washington and the U.N. see the 2nd Ammendment as OBSOLETE. Scary times. The criminals will have guns .....but we go to prison for ownership.
  • by NRA MEMBER on Feb 19, 2011 at 10:58 PM
    Leon county should do the same thing, we have a public range off Spring Hill Road, which could be used. It could prevent events, such as that STUPID FSU kid, who KILLED another student!!!!
  • by Brian Location: Havana on Feb 19, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    Everyone should know about fire arms safety. Wakulla County Sheriff is making a great example for other counties to follow.
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