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Roanoke Co. Sheriff's Office targets gun safety in new class

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ROANOKE CO. (WSLS 10) - The Roanoke County Sheriff's Office works to ensure people know how to properly handle a gun.

The sheriff's office is holding a free firearm safety class for anyone interested. It's part of a new program that started in May.

Each session is a four long hour course that teaches people how to properly hold, load, shoot and clean guns. It also includes situational training.

"One of the things we go over in the class is when you are shooting you're responsible for where that bullet goes," said Lt. Kermit Moore, with the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office. "Whether you're at a shooting range or somebody's farm that they don't have a backstop and that bullet goes through or misses the target and hits something far off in the distance, it's you're responsibility."

Sessions run through August. It's free, but people are encouraged to bring a food donation which will go to local food pantries.