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CHL, hunter safety classes announced

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Presumptive Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Mike Towers will offer a Texas Concealed Handgun License class, beginning at 8:30 am, Saturday, July 12, in the classroom in the back of the Bandera County Library, 505 Main Street.
According to Towers, since gunfire is "frowned upon in the library," the live fire portion of the class will be held at Bandera Gun Club, 809 FM 1077.
The class will be conducted under the auspices of LoneStarGuns. The four-hour class costs $100, and LoneStarGuns will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Bandera County 4H Rifle Club.
Towers, who coaches the rifle team, also gave a shout out to the National Rifle Association for donating equipment to the rifle club, including guns, ammunition, cleaning supplies, shooting accessories like mats and spotting scopes; and a Conex storage container, located at the Ag barn at Mansfield Park on Highway 16 North.
According to Towers, despite the generous donations, a certain amount of fundraising is still necessary. "This year, our goal is to buy our kids shooting jackets with money raised through benefits," Towers said. "If you or someone you know wants a Texas CHL, come to class and help out our 4H Rifle Club marksmen, at the same time." He added, "A Texas CHL is much better for you than a chocolate bar."
Of course, class participants must go through the Texas Department of Public Safety application process online and pay state fees. After successful completion of the CHL class, students have one year to complete application process with DPS. Licensing fees vary, so CHL participants are advised to consult the DPS website to determine which apply.
In addition, by special arrangement with John Rodriguez, the Bandera 4H Rifle Club will hold a Texas Hunter Safety Education certification class, from noon to about 6:30 pm, on August 2 in the recreation room at Mansfield Park. This class is mandated prior to hunting in the State of Texas. However, the course is good for life, according to Towers.
Members of 4H can attend the class for free and the cost for others is $15, payable to the instructor or the state.
"Of course, any adults who attend will be welcome to donate whatever they feel comfortable with to the Bandera 4H Rifle Club," Towers said.
He continued, "If you or someone you know needs one or both of these, please, please come out and support our kids. The Bandera 4H Rifle Club is all about teaching young people safety and marksmanship, and also the responsibility that goes along with gun ownership." Participants can register for Rodriguez's class on the TPW website.
For more information, Towers can be contacted at Also, to register for the CHL class, simply send Towers an email.
The 4-H Rifle Club is a 501c3 organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.
In a related story, Courtney Kuykendall a member of the Bandera County 4H Rifle Club recently advanced to a national competition. For more information, see her story in the News Section.