Sheriff’s Department assists with firearms training

When Amber Addison’s oldest son, Brandon, was a sophomore in high school, the New Orleans native knew he wanted to attend college at Louisiana Tech University. To say the least, his mother was a little nervous about sending her son off to college hours away.

Mrs. Addison was interested in arranging a firearm safety class for her son for his birthday. She felt it would provide him a valuable life lesson and be something to remember. Living in a metropolitan area, her son was not exposed to firearm safety through hunting like many rural Louisiana youth are. She searched the Internet for local classes but was unsure where to really start. Someone suggested reaching out to the sheriff’s office for some guidance. She was put in contact with Captain James Colvin who heard her story and was happy to help. He enjoys teaching others about firearm safety and actually shared the same birthday as Brandon. This gave Mrs. Addison some peace of mind that Brandon would be learning from someone that was passionate about safe operation of firearms and had something in common with her son.

Just a few days later, Brandon and Captain Colvin met at the sheriff’s office. After a brief visit, they went out to our firing range where James and Brandon reviewed the fundamentals of firearm safety. Then it was time to head to the firing line. Brandon proved to be a quick learner and a great shot!

We appreciate the opportunity to spend time with Brandon and build a relationship with him. Any time spent with our local youth and young adults is valued by our office.


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