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Hernando Sheriff offers ‘SAFE’ firearms training

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 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.