Grayson College offers gun courses


Grayson College is offering two recurring gun courses: Concealed Handgun License Course and Lipstick & Lead: Basic Pistol Course for Women. Both courses meet in Seminar Room A in the college’s Center for Workplace Learning on its Main Campus in Denison.

“We’ve had a lot of interest about offering gun safety and concealed handgun licensing courses,” said Kate Corder, GC’s director of continuing education. “With the availability of the college’s shooting range and qualified adjunct instructors, it made sense to offer these programs for our community.”

Bob Douglas, a Grayson County constable, is instructor for both courses. He is certified as a classroom instructor and firearms instructor by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He’s also certified by the National Rifle Association for rifle, pistol, shotgun personal protection in the home, home firearm responsibility instructor, and training counselor. Since 1974, Douglas has been a hunter education instructor for Texas Parks and Wildlife and serves as area chief instructor for Grayson and surrounding Texas counties. He’s listed in the TP&W Hall of Fame as having certified more than 3,000 students. Prior to serving as constable, he retired from the Van Alstyne and Howe Police Departments and from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

GC’s Concealed Handgun License Course is offered on the third Saturday of each month; upcoming classes are set for April 20, May 18, June 15 and July 20. Each 10-hour course costs $99 and runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upon successful completion of the one-day program, participants are issued the state-required Handgun Proficiency Certificate (Form CHL-100).

Course content and length are set by the Texas Department of Public Safety, and both the classroom session and the firearm proficiency demonstration take place the same day. The CHL program’s classroom portion includes the application process, license restrictions and rules, nonviolent dispute resolution, rights of citizens involving the use of force and their restrictions, and the safe handling and storage of firearms.

For the handgun proficiency demonstration, participants shoot a timed course of fire consisting of 50 rounds fired at a 24-inch by 45-inch silhouette target. Twenty rounds are fired from the three-yard line, 20 rounds are fired from the seven-yard line, and 10 rounds are fired from the 15-yard line. All firing is highly supervised.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and close-toes shoes. They must provide their own ammunition and complete the prerequisite Texas CHL Eligibility at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/InternetForms/Forms/CHL-16.pdf.

Lipstick & Lead: Basic Pistol Course for Women introduces female students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Cost is $70 for the two-evening course, which meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Upcoming sessions are set for May 21 and 23, and June 11 and 13.

Students learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety and handling, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol-shooting sports and activities. They also learn about various types of pistols, fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, various pistol firing positions, practical exercises on the firing range, cleaning and storage. The course helps prepare students who want to obtain a CHL.

Registration for both of the gun courses may be completed online at www.cwlgcc.org, in person weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CWL on the college’s Main Campus in Denison, or by phone at 903-463-8765 if paying with MasterCard, Discover or Visa credit cards.