BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — There were gunshots Saturday from a class at the Booneville firing range for those wanting a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public.
In conjunction with Northeast Mississippi Community College, the city of Booneville and the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department, residents of three counties in north Mississippi were able to take an eight-hour class where they learned how to properly use their firearms.
After three hours of classroom lectures where the class was introduced to combat stress, it was off to the range to do some shooting.
"We have to make sure they do know the laws of this state as far as the concealed carry laws," adds Derrick Hester, investigator for the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department. "We as instructors are responsible to make sure that they can proficiently use their handgun."
When it comes to owning a handgun and keeping it in your house or in your vehicle, you are not required by state law to get a permit.