HCSO to offer advanced firearms training

HOLMES COUNTY – Holmes County Sheriff John Tate is offering advanced firearms training to current concealed weapons permit holders in the wake of the horrific mass shootings that have gripped the nation in recent days.

“We hope something like that never happens here, but we want to always be prepared,” said Sheriff Tate. “Being prepared isn’t a bad thing; we just hope we never have to put that preparedness into action.”

The advanced firearms course will offer a more in-depth training in which participants will work through shooting scenarios, as well mental and physical training.

“We want our permitted citizens to be comfortable and knowledgeable when handling their guns,” said Sheriff Tate. “With tragedies such as those in El Paso and Dayton, we cannot set aside the fact that sometimes, the only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

In addition to the basic concealed weapons class and advanced firearms training, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office also offers safety and security evaluations for local churches and businesses. Any church or business interested in consulting with Sheriff Tate regarding safety improvements can call the Sheriff’s Office at 850-547-4421 for more information.

The next basic concealed weapons class will be held at 10 a.m. at the Holmes County Jail Saturday, August 10 at a cost of $25.

The advanced firearms training will be open only to current concealed weapons permit holders. Class dates will be announced soon.

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