Handgun permit classes set in Polk
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THE HANDGUNS shown were purchased with proceeds from seized weapons that were auctioned and will be used in the training of officers and the new handgun safety school, according to Benton Police Department Chief Rocky King. From left are State Rep. Eric Watson, King and detective Ken Ritenour.
THE HANDGUNS shown were purchased with proceeds from seized weapons that were auctioned and will be used in the training of officers and the new handgun safety school, according to Benton Police Department Chief Rocky King. From left are State Rep. Eric Watson, King and detective Ken Ritenour.
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Polk County Police Chief Rocky King, Detective Ken Ritenour, and State Rep. Eric Watson have joined forces to offer handgun permit classes as a public service to the community.

Since the incident in Newtown, Conn., the number of people wanting to become certified to carry handguns has tripled.

According to data, 8,100 people per month are now taking classes in Tennessee, many realizing the need to become more safety conscious.

“There is an old saying ‘It is not the gun, it is the person holding the gun.’ We must not bow to the pressure of the extremist by fearing guns. Our constitution gives us the right to own and use guns in appropriate ways. Proper gun training is important. I am pleased to join in this effort to teach gun safety and therefore make our homes, schools and streets safer,” Watson stated.

“Supporting the Second Amendment of the Constitution that gives an individual the right to possess a firearm is very important. I believe the law abiding citizens of the city of Benton and Polk County have the right to protect themselves and their families. Benton Police Department is now a state of Tennessee Certified Handgun Safety School with three certified handgun instructors, which will provide handgun permit training,” King said.

“I would like to thank the partnership of the Benton Police Department and the Cleveland Hunting Rifle & Pistol Club for providing the citizens with this training.”

The partnership has seen the need for more gun safety instruction and is making the training very affordable.

The only cost will be a range fee of $5. Those funds will go to the Cleveland Hunting Rifle & Pistol Club for maintenance.

For more information, contact 423-338-5733 or 423-339-0939.