If you've got a kid in your life who is about to receive the time-honored gift of a gun, there's something you nee to do for that youngster first.  Make sure that the child in question is ready for a firearm first.  Many kids receive excellent instruction in the safe way to handle and use guns from their parents and grand parents, but even if they do - you can't beat the the guidance of professionals.

Luckily, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's office has a free Kids First Gun Class lined up to make sure that your little buckaroo is ready for the range.  The CPSO will hold 2 free clinics designed to teach kids 8 to 16 the safe way to handle firearms on Dec. 14 and Jan. 11 from 8 a.m. until noon.

According to the Arklatex Homepage, kids are welcome to attend for free with their BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles, and small caliber shotguns.  Ammunition (BB and .22) will be provided for the event by the Sheriff’s Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, on Highway One South, where the course will be held.  Sheriff Steve Prator says the class is great for any kid who may have gotten (or is going to get) a new firearm for Christmas.  Participants will shoot skeet and fixed targets supplied by the NRA.

An adult must accompany the child in attendance, and firearms will be provided for kids who do not have one.  Pre-registration is necessary, call 318-681-0735 to sign up