Vol State Offers Gun Self-Defense and Shooting Simulator Class

Submitted on May 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida has prompted many gun owners to consider Tennessee self-defense laws and the use of force. Volunteer State Community College Continuing Education is offering a one-day course that could help. The class will cover laws, criminal and civil liability and the use of force. Students will be able to practice what they have learned with a Lasershot Firearms Training Simulator. The trainer combines a Glock 17 Lasershot with an interactive video screen for realistic self-defense scenarios. It can help gun owners better understand the use of force and how to deal with threats to themselves and their family.

The course is taught by Kevin Cook, the Director of the Vol State Criminal Justice Program. He is a former federal law enforcement officer and investigator and a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

"The laws are different state to state," Cook said. "The gun permit class that everyone takes doesn't expand on the codes for use of force. This class breaks them down in a way to help students better understand what they mean. We then use the simulator for scenarios that dramatize what they just learned."

The course will he held several times this summer on the college campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The June 30 class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $49. For more information contact Vol State Continuing Education at 615-230-3358

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