CUBA, NY – The Cuba Rod and Gun Club will host a Ladies' Firearm Safety Course on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course, which is booked to capacity, will be conducted by Cuba Chief of Police Dustin Burch and Officers Frank Schostick, Walt Mackney and Aaron Wight. Each has been certified in teaching firearm safety for the last six years.

“We have had a ton of women reach out about gun safety,” Burch, who has been the police chief for eight years, said.

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Burch explained the goal of the course is to educate people about the safety of firearms, how to use them properly, and when to legally use them. Course organizers plan a controlled atmosphere with no one else at the range or club interfering with the teaching and shooting of firearms.

“They don’t want to be uncomfortable,” Burch said. “Gun safety is important because it can be a great passion for those who hunt, target practice or skeet shoot.” 

The course will begin with a classroom meeting in the gun club. To ensure safety, before they can enter the building, attendees must have their guns checked at the door.

The lecture will cover the basics of firearm safety, the responsibilities of owning and operating firearms, and the laws and regulations involving firearms.

Burch noted that a portion of the lecture will concern Article 35 of the New York State Law, which details when it is necessary for individuals to defend themselves and third parties and use deadly force if in fact they believe the use of deadly force is being acted upon them by another individual or group. Burch added that he wants to elaborate on Article 35 and be able to show attendees when they can legally call on that article. 

Next will be a teaching lesson on firearm nomenclature, the different parts of a firearm and proper  cleaning of a firearm.

“Once the lecture is over, we go out to the range and fire,” Burch said. “We want them to get familiar with their firearms.”

Burch stated that the main goal of the session on the range is to teach the class how to properly shoot and to be up close to the targets so that they can be comfortable with the firearm.

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