MARIETTA - The Firearms Academy at Washington State Community College provides the training to obtain Ohio firearms certification, as well as the training and documentation to apply for an Ohio concealed carry weapons permit.
Part of the WSCC Public Safety Academies, the Firearms Academy takes place on five consecutive Fridays starting this December, with open registration beginning Friday.
"The academy's purpose is for participants to become knowledgeable and well-trained in the safe handling and use of handguns and shotguns," said John Burdette, WSCC public safety academies coordinator.
Classes are taught by Ohio certified instructors and those who successfully complete the academy will receive their own state firearms certification from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Taking place at Fort Harmar Rifle Club's indoor and outdoor gun ranges, the Academy costs $132 with additional fees depending on provision of guns and ammo; for example, smaller fees for participants providing their own weapons and ammo.
Part of the Criminal Justice program at WSCC, the Firearms Academy is a one-credit hour course. Registration for the Academy is open to the public starting Friday on a first come, first served basis with registration closing on Dec. 13.
Participants are required to pay for and submit to a background check if desiring ODPS certification.
The Firearms Academy runs on five consecutive Fridays, Dec. 14 through Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information or to register, contact John Burdette at 740-374-8716, extension 1540.