Citizens' Pistol Safety Course

The Gainesville Police Department will be hosting an interactive firearms safety course on May 20th, 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Students will begin the day with classroom instruction and end the day with "live fire" on the range.

This interactive firearms safety course is a "hands on" safety course that will teach participants about safe handgun operations. Students will learn rules for safe weapon handling, cycle operation, ammunition selection, shooting fundamentals, shooting positions, Georgia law and the use of deadly force.

Students must provide ammunition. A limited amount of firearms will be available for use (.40 caliber).

Citizens are required to consent to a background check, have a valid government ID, and sign a release and indemnity waiver.

Registration forms must be completed by May 19th, 2017.

All questions and registration forms should be directed to:

Sergeant Jim Von Essen


701 Queen City Parkway

Gainesville, Georgia 30501