Florence Police Department Offers Gun Safety Courses

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Officer Lee Smith works at the Florence Police Department. He’s the lead instructor for the gun safety classes offered by the Florence Police Department.

"The classes started seven years ago. We want to educate everyone who makes the choice to carry a firearm for defense," said Officer Smith. "We want to give them all the tools to make them safe and the community safe."

The gun safety classes are divided into three levels. Level one takes place at the Florence Police Department. The class covers topics like self-defense, gun safety and gun handling.

Level two and three take place at the Florence Police Department training facilities. These two classes consist of topics like low-light shooting and situational role-playing for gun use. All classes are taught by law enforcement.

"Hundreds of residents have gone through the classes. Our classes are unique due to the fact that we cover legal, moral and ethical issues," said Officer Smith.

The classes are offered every month throughout the year. Before you sign up, you must meet certain prerequisites. You must be an Alabama resident, be 18 years old and have a valid handgun permit.


  • Beverly Ann Carroll

    I would like to know do you charge for this? And Iwish they would offer free training to citizens I own a gun but afraid of it it’s brand new but I have never fired it can’t afford to go to range what would you recommend?I live in Washington.

    • Chris S

      Beverly I would suggest calling up local gun ranges and or gun clubs. There are many courses offered out there. Also my experience with firearm owners is that they are some of the kindest most helpful people out there. You might also contact the National Rifle Association they also have training and safety courses.

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