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Gun Safety Class
updated: Jan 16, 2013, 10:13 AM

Is there a local gun safety class where one can learn about how to properly handle a firearm? Would the class also have a gun range that provides guns to test?

Places People Are Talking About:

Winchester Canyon Gun Club

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 364040 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 10:24 AM

Yes, contact Winchester gun club or our local gun shops.


 COMMENT 364046 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 10:47 AM

If you go on the Winchester Gun Club Website you can find a list of NRA certified instructors with phone numbers/emails.

One of these instructors can take you through the NRA first steps class. I think this class is typically 4 hours book/4 hours at range.

I can't post links, but just use google to get to the Winchester website.

Another good place to get instruction is ISI in Piru, but that is about 1.5 hours away from SB and is a little hard to get to.


 COMMENT 364052 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 10:59 AM

There is a class once a month at the Goleta community center. I took in in July. He sends you a magazine to study prior to the exam at the end of the day. I think his name was Jake and his wife Noami.


 COMMENT 364110 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 01:50 PM

They also tried to prevent Washington's death with bloodletting. Times have changed.


 COMMENT 364115 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 01:53 PM

If someone breaks into my home and tries to hurt my family - they will feel the 2nd amendment at work.


 COMMENT 364116 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 01:55 PM

@076 and Shaggy,

Is this your first time on edhat? If so maybe take a gander and see how much of it is filled with stabbings, shootings and other gang related violence. Besides all that it isn't a matter of needing one, what if the OP just wants one? Guns are hobbies and can be shot recreation ally, and as you should know the majority of gun violence in this country is not committed by lawful gun owners like the OP.


 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 01:58 PM

I'm a local licensed gun dealer. If you are not familiar with firearms, I always recommend the California Hunter Education Class first, as a great and inexpensive way to learn the basics about guns and gun safety. It is only $10 for 8-10 hours of classroom instruction, usually followed by a brief trip to the range. If you never intend to hunt, that's fine. You're still learning the basics about guns and gun safety. Jack Critchfield is the local instructor, 450-2783, jcritch@jlef.com, and the next local course will start on 2/2/2013 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Please contact Jack beforehand for further information, time, etc.

Then, if you want actual hands-on safety instruction after you learn the minimal basics, there are a number of instructors in town who are willing to provide that, for a fee. You can find a partial list of those instructors here: http://www.wcgc.org/ under "certified instructors." I always recommend you talk with at least 2 or 3 of them before deciding who would be best to learn from, as they have different teaching styles, and what works best for you is your goal. If you'd like further advice, I'm happy to help. My contact info is available on our web site: http://www.CustomCartridge.com


 COMMENT 364124 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 02:06 PM

Wow, it took four hours for someone to invoke Godwin's Law? I would have figured it would be sooner.

(Hint: No one with any authority is talking about anything like what you are suggesting.)


 COMMENT 364131 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 02:30 PM

The OP asked for a gun safety class, not everyone's opinion on guns in general.

I don't even like guns and I get that.


 COMMENT 364146 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 02:51 PM

If gun handling and safety were mandatory in public school, everyone would know how to safely handle and unload a firearm. Accidental discharge causes many injuries/deaths and are completely avoidable. It is naive for parents to keep gun knowledge from their children because they will eventually encounter firearms in their future. It is far better that they know how to render them harmless and to never engage 'gun play'. Teach your children well.


 COMMENT 364147 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 02:54 PM

What a great post to see, particularly on this forum, in this town. Nothing wrong with utilizing available technology for your betterment (be it recreation or defense), and wanting to learn safe operation of the tool. And for the others out there, that's what a gun is... a tool. Like a kitchen knife, or a table saw, or a car on the road, it can be used intelligently with tangible benefits, or misused, causing harm. And as hard as this is for some to comprehend, the tool is manipulated completely by... the USER, who has sole responsibility for it's use. Please clear your heads and point your attention toward the real issues, before our culture goes down the drain.


 RICHYRICH agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 03:20 PM

Get your training, but please don't support the NRA.


 EDDIEKD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 04:00 PM

Everything was going along smoothly with answers to the question, then someone asked why do you need a gun, then it happens. The poster never said they need a gun. They want to learn safety. Why does everything turn into an argument in America? If you want to debate the 2nd Amendment, why not start a thread asking peoples' opinions of it?
It is no fun to read a post to see what the answers are and then get dragged into numerous competing agendas.


 COMMENT 364174 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 04:00 PM

Thank you Becky for your informative post.


 COMMENT 364175P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 04:05 PM

Hey, people!

Gun safety class suggestions.

That's all the OP desires.

Too many folks needing too much attention this afternoon.


 COMMENT 364177 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 04:05 PM

If people had to put their name to their post, these activists would hide like a cockroach when the light comes on.


 COMMENT 364199 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 04:36 PM

If only they were afraid of their citizens.


 SBROCKS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 06:15 PM

Island View Enterprises in Ventura and Shooters Paradise in Oxnard both have indoor shooting ranges and instructors. Both have classes. Indoor target shooting is fun. You can rent guns if you don't own one. I believe that you need a handgun license to rent a hand gun, not sure check on that one. You can rent an AR or AK 47.


 COMMENT 364240 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 06:16 PM

Police have no legal obligation to protect you. That is a fact. They are there to help clean up the mess after a crime has happened. So do not think your knight in shinning blue armor will lay down his life for you. Because he won't. They carry guns to protect themselves not you.


 COMMENT 364281P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 07:28 PM

Applauding 124. Too bad sex education is not mandatory in schools, 146. Thank you, Becky!


 COMMENT 364357P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 05:55 AM

I don't like guns too but if I move the forest someday like I hope to, I will get a gun then FOR safety and you bet I will want to learn how to use it. If I didn't have kids in my home I may get one now for safety but I think that they provide too much temptation for kids and would have to be kept locked up in a well hidden place, not sure that it would provide me the option for safety that I would want it to. Good for them to want to make sure that they take a gun safety course. Better than having a gun and not knowing how to use it!!!


 COMMENT 364385 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 07:24 AM

I appreciate the information provided in this thread. Thank you.


 COMMENT 364430 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 08:37 AM

A simple question by a poster and you get a debate.
I appreciate the answers to the QUESTION that was asked.....not your anti-gun remarks.
I believe one does not give an inch to the government...they end up taking a huge mile, wait and see what they will do next re firearms.


 GARFIELD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 01:42 PM

Education works better than Prohibition.

Sex education for girls, and firearms safety education for guys, is a lot better than "Just say No!"

Do I sound sexist? Well, okay, I will accept education for all. Firearms safety and education should be taught in the early elementary school years. Do not let them learn from TV. TV provides an irresponsible perspective of both.


 COMMENT 364724 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 10:07 PM

I teach basic firearms safety. I run you through a small variety of firearms and how to safely handle them. Then we go to Winchester Canyon Gun Club. I provide firearms, range fees, ammunition, and transportation to and from the range. I teach up to 3 people at a time. You can obtain my contact info from Ed.
I can also point you in the direction of other instructors. Good luck and please be sure to follow the basic rules of gun safety.
1. Always treat it like its loaded.
2. Always point it in a safe direction.
3. Always know your target and what's beyond.
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.


 COMMENT 364726 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 10:10 PM

Garfield, sex ed for both and gun safety for both. Marksmanship for men. Most women I've taught are naturals, some better than me on their first day.




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