Free Gun Class At EPCC Is Gaining Popularity


POSTED: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 8:20am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 3:00pm

It's a class that shows you how to properly use a gun. It may take weeks to get in but it's all for free.

The Basic Firearms and Safety/Proficiency Course is offered by El Paso Community College on the first Saturday of every month. The class is free and they even provide the guns and the ammunition. The course goes step by step teaching students about gun safety and the mechanics of firing and maintaining a gun.

If you're interested in taking the class you can reach the Law Enforcement Training Academy at (915) 831-7118.

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i was in the class the firearms in the class were NEVER loaded in fact they did not even have the magazines in them. All firearms were checked by instructors and by the students themselves to assure that no rounds were ever present in the guns. students were taught how to hold and sight weapons that is why they were pointing the guns at all in the class. Folks need to get the facts before they over react.

Demarcobakes, you miss the point entirely. Loaded or not, no firearm should be pointed at anything or anyone that you wouldn't mind shooting. Brandon Lee was killed by an handgun that wasn't "loaded." The loaded or not loaded status of your firearm does not change the manner in which it is handled. This news story should have been a "expose", revealing the absence of the most rudimentary of safety rules, rather than a "puff" piece. By the way, no magazine is necessary to fire a round.

Now this sounds like a great idea, or is it?

You know, when ever you feel bad about your self just go to a zoo that has a monkey cage...maybe you can take a hard look and realize we have come a long way.

Besides, some people are getting paid to do that job for you.


An excellent program to meet a great need.

I give you a standing ovation for having such a course and support it wholeheartedly. My only problem is that it appears that several safety issues are being overlooked. 1. ALL guns are always loaded. 2. Never point your weapon at ANYTHING you are not willing to destroy. 3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are on your target (I saw several violations). No students should be in desks behind other students. Even so, I am glad there is such a course.

STOP! I cringed several times as I watched the story on EPCC's gun safety class.

Real pistols with real magazines, students with their fingers INSIDE the trigger guards of those guns WHILE students sit IN FRONT OF THEM!

How could anything possibly go wrong?

ALL guns are always loaded. You must never treat them as if it's safe to point a gun at anyone you don't intend to shoot.

The instructor of this course needs to take a basic gun safety course.

Dave Northeast El Paso

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