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With gun ownership on the rise, training classes arrive in Southern California

March 24, 2009 | 12:53 pm

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Gun ownership is on the rise, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and gun sales in California and elsewhere in the United States rose before the Obama administration took over.

Are you among the newly armed?

If so, you might consider attending any of a series of "First Shots" live-fire safety and training courses being offered Saturday at  Angeles Shooting Ranges in Lake View Terrace, and Burro Canyon Shooting Park in Azusa.

The events, sponsored by the NSSF, are scheduled for 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Angeles, and at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Burro. An additional course is scheduled at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Orange County Indoor Shooting Range in Brea.

Participants will learn about proper shooting techniques, safe handling and storage, but also about gun laws and how to go about purchasing handguns.

The NSSF says there are 1.5 million active handgun target shooters and about 1.3 million rifle target shooters in California. The trade group also states that gun purchase background checks in California surged to about 73,000 in November, and to about 77,000 in December because of concerns over the new administration's stronger stance on gun control.

For registration details, click here.

--Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation

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