Gibson City to lease firing range for conceal-carry training

Gibson City to lease firing range for conceal-carry training

GIBSON CITY — The city council has adopted a policy that will allow the city's firing range to be used for conceal/carry training. But the city will not do the training, as that is prohibited by the state law that mandates residents must have 16 hours of training before they can obtain a conceal/carry permit.

Instead the city will lease its site to licensed instructors, most of them city police officers, who will be approved by a city council committee and the mayor. Leasees must secure no less than $1 million in customary liability insurance.

The city authorizes that its chief of police and other officers serve as instructors while off duty and will charge trainees a fee. All instructors must be properly licensed and at least one police officer must be on the premises at all times as an instructor. The city will be paid $50 for each day of instruction.

Police officers have not been paid for the training/safety classes and the open shooting nights. Police Chief Steve Cushman hopes to the conceal/carry training can be instituted within the next month.

Training contracts will not list or identify the city as a service provider, but trainees must sign a customary waiver for the city. The police department will coordinate the use and lease the firing range. A maximum of two classes a month will be conducted.


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