CSI Employee Group Organizes Gun Safety Class
TWIN FALLS, Mar 10, 2013 (The Times-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
When she arrived at a handgun safety and awareness class at the College of Southern Idaho, Shanna Madsen was ready to learn something about the topic.
"I really know nothing about firearms," she said.
Madsen's mother -- a CSI employee -- encouraged her to come along to a four-hour workshop Saturday, March 9, for college employees and their family members.
About 15 people attended the workshop, led by law enforcement instructor Don Hall. The class was offered through CSI's Professional and Classified Employee Organization.
During a break midway through the workshop, Madsen said the most important thing she'd learned was about the importance of safety.
"To be good with firearms, you can never let your guard down," she said.
Class participants took notes as Hall talked about a number of topics related to gun safety.
"Treat weapons like they're loaded, always," he told the class.
Hall said it's important to hold a gun with the muzzle pointed down, away from people.
Toward the end of the class, participants went through hands-on safety drills.
CSI doesn't allow firearms, explosives or weapons on campus or at college-sponsored activities.
The exception: "authorized law enforcement officers and individuals who are under the supervision of law enforcement officers," according to the college's policy.
Hall told the Times-News that in this day and age, firearm issues are sensitive topics and the subject of public debate.
The best thing to do is to be a responsible firearm owner, he said.
On Saturday, the class focused on gun safety, as well as how to safely store a firearm. Another topic was how to obtain a concealed carry permit and laws relevant to owning a handgun.
Participants also learned about different firearms and how they work.
It will allow them to make an informed decision if they decide to purchase a firearm in the future, Hall said.
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