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Safely locked handgun (left) and training gun (right)
(Photo by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

A new gun safety and awareness seminar is being offered to the public in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

According to The Reporter, the free four-hour seminars are scheduled take place on a quarterly basis, starting on Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the county’s Public Safety Training Campus along Conshohocken Road in Plymouth Township. The class size will be limited to about 25 people per seminar.

After Nov. 19, the next seminars are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 18, May 20, Aug. 19 and Nov. 18, 2015. Residents can register for the seminars online by contacting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at

“The right to bear arms is absolutely guaranteed by our constitution. But along with that right comes certain responsibilities and one of the most important responsibilities is the responsibility of handling weapons, firearms particularly, in a safe manner and keeping them locked up in a safe place,” Sheriff Russell J. Bono said as he announced the seminars. “Misuse of firearms or that right comes with potential criminal and civil liability. I think too many people get permits and are not really familiar with weapons.”

As The Reporter notes, law enforcement officers will be teaching the classes, and they’ll be led by Deputy Harry Burke, who is the training coordinator for the sheriff’s department. Burke the lectures will include a review of state concealed carry laws and the Castle Doctrine, as well as tips for choosing the right weapon, ammunition and holster, proper grip of a weapon, good firing position, sight alignment and trigger control, handgun handling, the seven fundamentals of marksmanship, and gun cleaning and maintenance.

The course also involves hands-on training using training guns. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says that anybody who brings live firearms or ammunition to the seminar will be turned away at the door.

Participants will get a certificate and a free gun lock donated by Project ChildSafe upon completion of the program.

“Sometimes we get people coming in with the intention of getting a firearm but they don’t know anything about firearms. This course will actually cover that person that has a lack of experience with firearms,” said Burke.

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