YORK CO., Va. - The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is holding two free gun safety classes in March.
Lieutenant Dennis Ivey Jr. says they have seen a big spike in the number of concealed carry permit applications that are coming into the office, which the Sheriff processes himself.
Therefore, they want to make sure that everyone who wants to have a gun or carry a gun knows what they are doing.
"We expect that they're going to have them, we know that they're going to carry them, we expect that they're going to carry them, and we want them to be as safe as possible," says Lieutenant Ivey.
Upon completing the course, participants will receive a certificate and meet the safety class requirement for the concealed carry permit.
"We were just going to give basic gun safety tips, but then the Sheriff said why not give them a certificate that makes them eligible to meet the safety class requirement?"
The classes will not have any hands-on gun instruction.
The first gun safety class, on March 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office, sold out in 34 minutes.
The second gun safety class, on March 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office filled up within an hour.
Lieutenant Ivey tells NewsChannel 3 that they plan to post future classes on their Facebook page in the coming weeks.