Arizona Offers Free Seminars for Firearm Safety

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When it comes to learning about recreational target shooting and firearms ownership, newcomers can be intimidated by not knowing how or where to start.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to offer a welcoming introduction to the safe, recreational use of handguns. First-timers, novices or experienced shooters wanting a refresher are welcome to attend one of several free "First Shots" classes offered Feb. 9-11 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

"The First Shots class is a great opportunity for beginners to learn about recreational target shooting and to give shooting sports a try on the range," says Tristanna Bickford, hunter recruitment and retention coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The class covers the rules and regulations of handgun ownership, instruction in firearm safety, and information on shooting sports opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to try target shooting in a safe environment on the Ben Avery range, supervised by qualified instructors.

Classes are offered on the following dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 9 – 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10 – 8 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, Feb. 10 – 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 – 8 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, Feb. 11 – 1 to 5 p.m.

The class is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, please e-mail or call (602) 789-3241. Please provide your name and contact information, and indicate the class date and time for which you would like to register.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix. To get there, take I-17 to the Carefree Highway exit. The shooting facility entrance is off Carefree Highway, about ¼ mile west of the exit.

For more information about the First Shots program, visit the First Shots Web site at