Gun safety courses readily available

Posted Nov. 13, 2009, at 9:09 p.m.

Firearms safety courses are offered through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s education program and through commercial businesses.

Firearms instruction is a prerequisite to obtaining a hunting license or a concealed weapons permit in Maine.

The 12-hour minimum DIF&W hunter education course includes classroom instruction by trained and certified volunteer instructors, and includes proper handling, rifle and shotgun, survival and first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass, landowner relations, the “Irrevocable Decision” video and a course handbook.

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Besides hunter safety courses, several National Rifle Association courses are offered through commercial ventures across Maine. Some of the possibilities include learning to be a range safety officer, reloading metallic and shotgun shells, personal protection, firearms and the law, refuse to be a victim, basic rifle, basic pistol, home firearm safety, NRA instructor training, and competitive shooting and coaching.

Check with a local gun club, gun dealer or the DIF&W Web site for course schedules.