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November 11, 2012

Learning to use a gun is serious business

McALESTER — Exhilarating.

That’s the word I would use to describe my first experience a using gun after taking a firearms safety and training class recently.

 I have been a gun owner for two years, it was a gift from my husband and to be honest, I was afraid to even touch the gun at first. A fear I over came over time. 

 But after two years, I knew it was time I learned to carry and to use it. So I took a class.

With the recently enacted Open Carry Law taking affect on Nov. 1, Oklahoma residents a Self Defense Act license can openly carry their firearms in most public places.  But before a loaded weapon can be carried, a special license must be obtained.

 This means gun owners must take a a firearms safety and training class from a certified gun instructor and then apply for a Self Defense Act license to carry a loaded weapon.

I took my firearms safety and training class from Jim Henley a certified gun instructor. Recently, I took a class taught by Jim Henley of Rabbit Creek Shooting in McAlester. Henley is a former Dallas police officer, a National Rifle Association instructor. He said he has been trained by the Dallas Police Department, NRA Training Counselors and Massad Ayoobb an internationally-known firearms and self-defense instructor. 

The class was a full eight hours of information and gun handling training. Henley was a serious focused instructor and conveyed the importance of using the weapon correctly and safely.

During the class we went over the self-defense act in detail. And I was tested on the information we learned.

The first thing I learned was that using a gun is using deadly force and that is serious business.

Among other things, I learned never to point or shoot a gun at anyone unless

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