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Cherokee Nation citizen Joseph Rainwater from Briggs, Oklahoma is a firearm instructor for the Federal Police Academy, who also teaches Oklahoma handgun license classes at the WEB Community Building in this small Cherokee County community.

Rainwater, who has taught concealed weapons classes since April 2013, stated he teaches classes once a month, and depending on the demand it can increase to two courses.

“In the summer months we have a lot more people, usually 15 or 20 in a class, and when the winter months come around it drops back to five or 10, somewhere around there,” he said.

Rainwater said the main purpose of the class is gun safety. While in class, he goes over techniques for handling a gun and the safety precautions that go along with owning a gun and carrying it with an Oklahoma handgun license.

“We go over safety a lot, handling of your handgun, how to store your handgun safely, how to keep all your family and friends safe while it’s at home and just proper technique and shooting,” he said.

He said his class is $50 but that prices vary throughout the state.

“Bigger cities charge a lot more. We’re in a rural area,” he said. “We try not to charge as much as they do. It’s $50. Then they (students) got to send and get their license through the state of Oklahoma.”

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