MARIETTA — The Marietta Police Department is presenting the first of two firearm safety seminars tonight at 6:30.
The free seminars will cover a variety of topics, including firearm safety, new Georgia weapon laws and home and personal defense weapons, Lieutenant Jake King said.
“This program has been developed to educate the citizens on current firearm laws and weapon safety,” King said. “We want to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills so they feel confident owning and handling a firearm or weapon, if they choose to do so.”
The second seminar is June 24. Interested participants do not have to attend both sessions.
Detective Christopher R. Lindsey says the Marietta Police Department is a strong supporter of “the rights of our fellow citizens.” He said the department is putting on the seminars to educate and connect with Marietta residents.
“Having seen great success in previous police/community firearms- related events, our sincere hope at MPD is to grow upon that foundation and further advance dialog on this important topic,” Lindsey said.
Use of pepper spray and stun guns will also be discussed during the two-hour seminars, but Lindsey said attendees should leave all firearms or weapons at home.
“This is not a weapon training class, but it is an informative discussion,” Lindsey said. “We do encourage attendees to come armed with questions, comments and concerns, which will enhance the conversation for all involved.”
The police department has partnered with Glock Inc. and the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote the Glock Safety Pledge, King said, adding free gun locks will be provided to attendees.
The seminars will be in Marietta City Hall Council Chambers at 205 Lawrence St. in Marietta. Interested participants are asked to contact Officer Tom Mordarski at (770) 794-5200 or tmordarski@ mariettaga.gov with their name, phone number and number of requested seats.