Owning a gun brings on a whole new level of responsibility. Course, the rash of gun violence we've seen in Louisiana over the past couple of years would present a really good argument to that statement.

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So, let me rephrase that, "responsible gun ownership" requires respect of the firearm, respect of its potential danger, and respect of human life.

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Those are just some of the lessons your child will learn at the Caddo Sheriff's Office, "First Gun Course."

Designed for children who might be receiving their first gun for Christmas this year, this course provides basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun but want to be able to use one safely.

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And it doesn't matter if its a high powered deer rifle they'll receive, a shotgun or just a BB gun. All guns require the same protocol when it comes to safety.

How To Get Your Child Registered For These Classes

Registration is now underway for children ages 8 to 12 to participate in the course. The four-hour course will be offered from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on December 20, 2023 and again on January 13, 2024

Both classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, 15639 Highway One South (about 17 miles south of the Port of Shreveport/Bossier).

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Designed for kids only, the course provides basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun but want to be able to use one safely. It's also recommended for kids who will receive a new BB gun, shotgun, or hunting rifle for Christmas.

"If you plan on giving your child a gun for Christmas, it would be a good idea to register for this class," Sheriff Steve Prator said. "This way, they can learn about basic firearms safety and be in front of certified law enforcement academy firearms instructors when they shoot their new gun for the first time."

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Children are welcome to attend the course with BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles, and small caliber shotguns. No high-powered rifles will be allowed. Only BBs and .22 cal. ammunition will be supplied by the training academy.

Your Child Doesn't Even Have To Have A Gun To Attend

Through generous donations by local citizens and wholesalers, children without guns can use one supplied at the academy. Participants will shoot skeet and fixed targets provided by the National Rifle Association Foundation.

There's no cost for the course, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited, and Caddo Parish residents will be given preference. An adult must remain with the child throughout the course. To register, please call 318-681-0735

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