Firearms class scheduled for Sunday in Craig

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What: Concealed carry weapon permit class

When: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7

— The class is an instructional seminar on owning and carrying a concealed weapon, taught by an National Rifle Association-certified instructor. The cost is $70. For more information on how to sign up, call the Personal Defense Institute at 303-367-4867 or 719-687-5056. You may also visit www.thepdi.org.

Dan Brunner has been working with firearms since 1976, and in that time he has encountered many people who aren’t as well versed in the usage of such implements.

But, that’s why he is available to instruct them.

Through the Personal Defense Institute of Colorado Springs, Brunner will teach a concealed carry weapon permit class in Craig from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

The concealed carry curriculum touches briefly on subjects like basic safety and ammunition involved with a concealed weapon, but much of the class focuses on the legal ramifications of carrying a weapon.

“There’s a real difference between having a gun inside and outside the home, and that’s what I try to hammer in,” Brunner said.

Brunner said he stresses to his students the kinds of financial and psychological effects that can occur when a gun owner must use a weapon for something drastic.

He also advises his students about the best way to speak to authorities if and when a shooting occurs.

“I’ve had four judges and four district attorneys who have taken my class, and not one of them would recommend talking to the police before you talk to a lawyer,” he said.

Brunner, of Monument, is certified by the NRA as a firearms instructor.

In teaching classes across Colorado, he has taught all types of people, ranging from seasoned police officers and FBI agents to Army soldiers who are fairly new to the Armed Forces to complete novices in the field of gun use.

He said the concealed carry course is not meant for “people who have never picked up a gun before.”

“It’s really for more experienced people who have already been taught the basics and (are) more familiar,” he said.

PDI also offers classes in basic pistol usage, shotguns, ammunition reloading and defensive shooting.

The cost for the class is $70, and after participating, students are able to apply at the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office for a concealed weapon license, pending a background check.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said he issues an average of about 100 permits per year, not counting renewals.

Many of the applicants are taught by Brunner.

“He teaches a good class,” Jantz said. “I strongly recommend it for people.”

Brunner said the price is a value.

“We go over a lot of things in three hours,” he said. “I’ve gotten a lot of testimonials from people on how much they’ve learned.”

Brunner said he currently has 15 people enrolled in the course. He would prefer to have no more than 30.

“If there are too many people, not everyone gets their questions answered,” he said. “I’m always willing to stay after and talk to people, but I don’t want it too crowded.”

Brunner said he would be willing to stay in town and teach an additional session if the demand exists.

“I’ve been teaching these classes in Craig for two-and-a-half years,” he said. “I love it up there, and I’d move there in a heartbeat if it were more centrally located.”

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