An area college will offer a concealed handgun license course early next month.

South Plains College will offer the new, shorter concealed handgun license course on Saturday, November 2nd.

Class begins at 8 a.m. and includes breaks every hour and a one-hour break for lunch. The classroom portion will be completed by 3 p.m. The length of the range portion for the class depends on the number of students taking part.

The course is $70 for students seeking their first license and $25 for students wanting a refresher course before renewing their license.

SPC says that though renewals are now handled online, the changes in Texas firearms law make a refresher course a good investment.

The course will cover laws pertaining to concealed carry and information regarding safe gun handling and storage, storage with children in the home, and non-violent dispute resolution.

Students need a handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition. They must pass a 25-question written test and demonstrate safe and proficient gun handling. Attendees must score at least 70 percent on a shooting test at distances ranging from three to 15 yards.

SPC recommends that inexperienced shooters take the NRA Basic Pistol Course offered by the college before taking the CHL course.

For more information, call Kasey Reyes at 716-2341 or email kreyes@southplainscollege.edu.