According to Chief Rocky King, to date the new program has been a very successful venture.
“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 a State of Tennessee Certified Handgun Safety School with Certified Handgun Instructors, which will provide handgun permit training,” King said
“We just completed the most recent class and so far over 75 area residents have taken part,” King said.
The Tennessee Department of Safety Handgun Permit Class is also taught in Bradley County, by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Jim Ruth.
So far, five class dates are set for the Benton Police Department.
King explained that a $5 fee is required for use of the firing range and a hands-on experience, but only after four hours of classroom instruction.
Typically, classes are held on Friday evenings with the firing range qualification being held Saturdays.
Detective Ken Ritenour, retired Cleveland officer George Campbell, former Bradley County deputy and state representative Eric Watson, Steve Silvers and Richard Leonard have helped instruct the permit seekers, according to King, who also helps with classroom and range instruction as well.
For additional information, contact the Benton Police Department at 338-5733, extension 103.