Jun 14, 2012 at 8:36 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are considering holding firearms safety training in state parks.
It's to accommodate a growing demand for classes. In the three years the course has been offered online, enrollment has grown from 2,000 to a predicted 6,000 to 8,000 this year.
To test the idea, they will let students this fall shoot .22-caliber rifles in classes at a state recreation area and a wildlife management area.
DNR Captain Mike Hammer says any shooting will take place under strict supervision in closed-off areas. He says the average park user won't notice.
The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/KD3W0K) if the trials go well, the training may be offered at Fort Snelling State Park, William O'Brien State Park near Stillwater and other large state parks.
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