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