Free gun safety classes offered

By Vicki Hyatt | Jan 11, 2013
Robert MacCargar is offering to waive his instructor fee in lieu of a donation to KARE to help train new gun owners about safety issues.

A rash of new gun owners in the county, as well as a passion for safe gun handling, has prompted Robert MacCargar to waive his standard $100 course fee and simply ask that donations be made to the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE).

MacCargar is a certified National Rifle Association instructor, and is one of more than a half dozen individuals in the county certified to offer basic handgun and concealed carry handgun training.

The basic handgun orientation/firearms safety class will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at The Gateway Club ballroom

The N.C. Concealed Carry handgun training will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. on both Jan. 29 and 30; and again from 6 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. These courses will also be held at The Gateway Club.

Prospective students who want to apply for a concealed carry permit will need to attend the required eight hours of instruction time. Participants will then schedule up to 20 minutes on the shooting range where they will need to demonstrate safe gun-handling techniques and meet minimum accuracy standards, both of which are required to qualify for the concealed carry permit.

While MacCargar is waiving the instructor fee, there is a $10 fee for cover the cost of the  CCH Student Handbook and Training Certificate.

The range qualification portion of the training is just a small part of the course. Most of the time is spent on the fundamentals of shooting, proper gun handling, parts of gun and loading.

The first night’s course will be modified slightly and geared particularly to brand-new gun owners.

“There’s a firearm panic, and a lot of people are just running out and buying guns,” MacCargar said. “I feel training is important because there’s such an influx of new gun owners. I hope this will help everybody out.”

At the end of the course. MacCargar is hoping not only to enhance safety in the community, but to be able to provide a hefty donation to KARE.

To enroll in the course, send an email to no later then Friday Jan. 25.