MDC Offers Discover Nature Basic Firearms Safety Workshop in Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free workshop on the basics of firearms and shooting in Kirksville.

Participants will learn about basics of firearms safety, shooting technique, equipment, target shooting and more. The program will consist of classroom lessons followed by hands-on, practical experience on the shooting range.

The classroom session will take place 5:30–8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore St. in Kirksville. Upon arrival, participants will choose a day to attend the practical session on July 7, 8, or 9 at a nearby shooting range.

To help ensure public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, MDC asks all participants to observe current, local guidelines regarding physical distancing and masking. MDC encourages participants to bring and wear face coverings when appropriate.

“Knowing the importance of firearms safety, how they function, and how to properly use them is important for all Missourians, regardless of whether they currently own one,” said MDC Conservation Educator Rob Garver. “This course is designed to provide a stress-free environment where participants can listen, ask questions and become comfortable with all kinds of firearms.”

Participants may bring their unloaded and cased firearms to this workshop to learn on their own equipment. Otherwise, MDC will provide all necessary firearms and ammunition at this free course.

Participants must attend the classroom portion to attend the practical session on the shooting range. Participants must be at least 14-years old; those younger than 18-years old must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Garver at (660) 785-2424, or email [email protected]