Beginning Firearms, Concealed Weapons class

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College’s Community Education program is offering a firearms class for residents who need to renew their license or for those who are applying for a permit for the first time.

Beginning Firearms and Concealed Weapons is an eight-hour class that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus in Apache Junction. The class meets the prerequisites specified for licenses to be issued to experienced weapons owners or first-time users.

The State of Arizona mandates that anyone desiring to carry a concealed weapon must have a specific license.

Gun safety instructor Gene Wilson will lead the class, training participants in Arizona State Laws, firearms safety, pistol shooting and personal protection.

Wilson is certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) in multiple disciplines, including rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle-loading rifle, home firearm safety and personal protection. The Arizona Department of Public Safety has certified him to teach the class.

In addition to the lecture part of the class, Wilson also will arrange range time for his students at the Usery Mountain Shooting Range as part of the course.

A lifelong hunter and shooter, Wilson is licensed to teach hunter education for the Arizona Game and Fish. His son was a member of the Arizona State University high-powered rifle team and competed in national championships, while his wife and daughter shoot as well.

“I have hunted all my life,” Wilson, whose entire family enjoys the sport, said, “but when my son began to shoot, I decided to become a firearms instructor.”

He enjoys competing, and his ability as a marksman served him well about 15 years ago when had to compete in three matches to qualify to purchase a World War II-era M1 Grande rifle from the United States Army.
Wilson’s has a healthy attitude toward shooting. His classes consist of roughly 95 percent gun usage and the rest on defense.

“A weapon should be the final line of defense, not the first line of defense,” he said.

The class fee is $85 and consists of $60 for the instructions, plus $25 for materials, whicht include the booklet and up to three hours of range time.

For more information or to register for any community education class, please contact Vera Walters (480-677-7707 or 520-494-5444, ext. 7707 / vera.walters@centralaz.edu) or Joel Beck (480-677-7721 or 520-494-5444, ext. 7721 / joel.beck@centralaz.edu) at Central Arizona College.

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