Precision Firearms and Indoor Range is looking to provide free education for women in tough domestic situations.
The business is offering a free women-only concealed carry class. The class will be free to any woman who has a restraining order against someone in their life.
“This is a pet project of mine. We’ve done it a couple of times in the past where we offer free classes for women that have either been victims of domestic violence, or they have a restraining order against somebody in their lives,” said Precision Firearms District Manager Christopher Woosley. “The normal cost of the class is $150 and it is the training prerequisite in Louisiana for getting your concealed handgun permit.”
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Woosley said those who enroll in the class also learn about gun safety, gun handling, child access prevention, how to de-escalate situations, and alternatives to using a gun.
Woosley said the primary focus of the class is legal education.
“What I found and I’ve been instructing for about eight years now is the conceptions that people have in their mind of when they are and are not allowed to use a firearm to protect themselves or their property or others are very very misunderstood,” he said. “I think it’s primarily because of television and movies, that they have these misunderstandings, plus, you know, Grandpa Earl has been telling them the same story for 50 years and they’ve taken it as that’s what the law is not that’s just how he did it 50 years ago.”
The class is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and a Louisiana resident. The class will be limited to 15 students due to classroom size.
To get the certification, you must attend the full class. You must be able to shoot the state qualification which is 36 rounds at a human-size target. Twelve rounds each at six feet, 10 feet, and 15 feet.
Anyone who wants to use their own firearm is welcome to use it for the course. If you don’t have your own, Precision will loan one for the course.
If you use your gun you have to purchase ammo from Precision because of insurance restrictions.
“Sometimes the people that are most affected by violence, the most vulnerable people in our society, are also the ones that don’t have the financial resources to pay for a $150 class,” Woosley said. “Our rates are very competitive, but at the same time, opening a free class occasionally to a specific group of people can make it more accessible to people that wouldn’t be able to access it otherwise. The fact of the matter is our city is not getting any safer right now. And being able to offer it to somebody that may not be able to get it otherwise and has a real need for it is important.”
To sign up for this class you will need to go to Precision Firearms at 11426 Cloverland Ave, off Siegen Lane. You must bring proof of a restraining order or a police report to prove you’ve been a victim of domestic violence.
Woosley said Precision offers training for everyone on any skill level. Private lessons cost $65 per hour. He said the company has been working with its law enforcement contacts and the United States Concealed Carry Association to start a college student safety course. They are hoping to roll out some free classes soon.
“It would not be a shooting course, it would be how to stay safe on a college campus and around college campuses,” he said. “It’ll probably be about a two-hour class when we have it up and running. We’re pushing hard to roll it out right now after what happened with Madison Brooks.”
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