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December 4, 2013

Concealed carry class Saturday

PRYOR, OK — One unique idea for a gift in the upcoming holiday season is a spot in the last Concealed Weapon Carry of the year. The eight-hour course is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, at a cost of $60.

Pryor Police Officer and class instructor Sgt. James Blower said the course features classroom time as well as time on the practice range. Students will learn legal requirements and weapons safety. A weapons safety exam is then given and must be passed to finish the class.

“On the range, the State of Oklahoma requires for you to know how to operate the gun safely, deal with any malfunction and how to load and make ready your gun,” Blower said. Students must then shoot 50 rounds of ammunition with the instructor present.

Participants need to bring a gun, 50-plus rounds of ammunition and protection for eyes and ears.

“At the end of the class, if all the requirements have been met, students will get a certification of completion of the class,” Blower said, adding that the certificate is the first step in obtaining a concealed weapon permit. “Additionally, they can go online to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation website to begin the application process.”

The link is www.ok.gov/osbi/Handgun_Licensing/Instructions_for_Initial_Application/

Blower said applications can also be picked up at the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office.

Class begins at 8 a.m., at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge located east of Pryor

near the fairgrounds. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are accepted.

For more information on the class or to register, contact Blower at 918-373-2912.

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