The Marion Police Department will provide concealed carry training Saturday, Nov. 12.
Police Chief Chris Hughes said citizens have asked if the department would offer such a course.
“Based on the statistics presented by the State we understand there could be a lot of people wanting to obtain a concealed carry license regardless if we offer the training or not. We would much rather have our residents attend our training where they know they will receive quality instruction that meets the legislative requirements,” Hughes said.
“In the end it came down to our outstanding instructors and the knowledge they possess. In addition such an opportunity opens the lines of communication between the community and the department in regard to a topic we have fielded many questions on,” Hughes said.
The Marion Police Department epartment will use its two Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructors to teach the course. Both officers currently teach other officers in either firearms usage, defense and arrest tactics, as well as taser usage.
Under the carry concealed legislation anyone who has a concealed carry weapon permit can possess an “electronic weapon.”
The training will consist of an eight-hour session with classroom and practical exercises. Attendees will not only learn the legal aspects of concealed carry, weapons familiarization and ways to safely carry a firearm, they will also learn the importance of de-escalating a situation as well as the physiological affects they will experience.
The class will conclude with practical exercises that will expose the students to deadly force judgment and decision making.
The class is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Loins Point Park, 327 W Garfield Ave, Marion.
The cost will be $100 for city of Marion residents and $150 for non-residents. Participants must be 21 years of age.
To register, contact the Marion Police Department at 715-754-5060 or go to www.marion.govoffice2.com to obtain an application.