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Hernando Sheriff offers ‘SAFE’ firearms training

Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Dec. 3

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will offer Situational Awareness Firearms Training (SAFE), an interactive course available exclusively to Hernando County residents who are concealed weapon permit-holders. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at a location to be announced.

In Hernando County, more than 21,500 citizens have concealed-weapons permits. Participants will be receive interactive simulations training and some instruction on the firing range, with each participant firing 100 rounds from their personally-owned weapon. Training will be provided by certified firearms instructors.

Participants must be full-time residents of Hernando County as verified through a driver license or other form of current identification; and must possess a current, active Florida Concealed Weapon Permit. Each participant must submit to a criminal history check and verification of participant’s concealed weapon permit.

The cost is $100, which must be paid online (a portion of the proceeds will benefit Boy Scouts of America). Each participant must bring a personally-owned firearm (only .38 caliber, 9mm, 40 caliber, .380 caliber and 45 caliber are allowed). Each firearm will be subject to a safety inspection by instructors. Each participant must bring 100 rounds of factory ammunition (reloads are not permitted).

To apply, visit hernandosheriff.org/safe.aspx. Once the application is processed, the applicant will be emailed a link to remit the registration fee. Cash or checks are not accepted. A confirmation email will tell you where to report on the day of the class.

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