Gun safety may be a topic of debate, but here on campus the UOIT-DC Firearms Association is giving students the chance to safely learn how to handle a firearm.
The association is offering the campus’ first Canadian Firearms Safety Course at the Oshawa Shriners Club on both January 30 and 31.
The UOIT-DC Firearms Association is hosting two courses back-to-back. These are the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC).
The CFSC and CRFSC are both designed to give attendees a basic understanding of the laws that apply to storing, transporting, as well as safe handling of a firearm. Both courses are completed with a written and practical handling test to ensure that necessary skills and knowledge have been learned.
Josh Haviland, the president of the UOIT-DC Firearms Association, says the course provides fundamental skills needed to ensure safe handling and operation of any firearm that an attendee may come into contact with. He also says that having a firearms license can benefit any individual that may come into contact with a firearm in their lifetime during employment or for any future endeavours.
“I suggest individuals take the course because it is one of the greatest sports in the world. Firearm owners have a strong base and involvement in lawful sport shooting both recreationally and competition,” said Haviland. “This course gives exposure and allows attendees to further explore the heritage and history Canada has to offer furthering the traditions to future generations.”
To obtain a firearms license an application must be sent to the RCMP. The application cost is $60 for a non-restricted only license or $90 for the restricted license. The costs of the courses are $165 for the CFSC and $125 for the CRFSC.
Haviland says attendees of the courses are safely welcomed into a community with extensive history, tradition and culture that includes both hunting as well as target shooting.
“New shooters routinely are welcomed to ranges across Canada with open helpful arms by more experienced range goers,” said Haviland. “I myself have been shown tricks and tips as well as helped numerous young shooters improve their experience and performance at the range.”
To complete the course, an in-class period must be attended. The CFSC is a 12-hour class and the CRFSC is six hours. Attendees must also complete and pass both a written and practical handling examination.
Haviland says safety is the association’s first priority when handling a firearm.
“To ensure safety at all times live ammunition is not allowed to be present inside the classroom,” says Haviland.
If you are interested in obtaining your firearms license, visit durhamfirearmcourses.com. Here you can register and pay for the courses online. For any further questions you can visit both the website or email the UOIT-DC Firearms Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.