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Aransas Pass Police Department holds free Texas Handgun Licensing course

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The Aransas Pass Police Department started holding concealed or open-carried firearm classes in 2015, but lately their classes for gun owners have been so popular they are having to open up even more sessions.

If you own a gun and are a resident or business stake holder in the community of Aransas Pass, the Aransas Pass Police Department wants to make sure you know how to use it safely by hosting a free Texas Handgun Licensing Course.

“It is really not a learn-to-shoot type of class; it's more of filling the state mandate, when somebody wants to get a license to carry in the state of Texas. We have been putting that training on for the public and our community since around early 2015,” said Aransas Pass Chief of Police Eric Blanchard.. 

Chief of Police Eric Blanchard says this course will teach the community members about the laws and the proper procedures that go along with carrying a firearm.

“I think that it is a constitutional right that we have the right to carry a firearm. I believe if you are proficient with your firearm, you can just help save my life some day, or the lives of somebody close and important to me, you, or somebody else,” said Chief Blanchard.

This course is required before one is eligible to carry a concealed or open-carried firearm in the state of Texas.

“I do feel strongly about bringing this to the community. And the whole goal is further establishing those close community partnerships, which are paramount and part of our department's mission, and our core values within the Aransas Pass Police Department,” said Chief Blanchard.

  The Aransas Pass Police Department also invites those who live in the neighboring communities. Those who live outside Aransas Pass will have to give a donation at the door.

And that donation is in the amount of your choice, and it will go to either the Purple Door Corpus Christi (formerly the Women’s Shelter) or the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Currently, the course is offered free of charge to City residents, City business owners & their employees, City employees, and immediate family of City employees (Proof required). Class size is limited. All participants MUST furnish their own firearm and ammunition.

All participants must pay a range fee of $25.00 unless you are a current member of the Schwenke’s Rifle & Pistol Range.

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