Atlanta Range & Ordnance Hosts Free Youth Firearm Safety Class
by Clay Neely
Newnan business Atlanta Range & Ordnance partnered with Niki Turpeaux, owner of Archangel Tactical of Alpharetta, to host a free gun safety class for children and families last weekend at the Atlanta Range & Ordnance location on Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard.
“It was a great success,” said Gary DeGeorge, owner of Atlanta Range & Ordnance. “It wound up being standing room only event with over 40 families in attendance.”
“We want to help insure that children have a good understanding of safe firearms handling and how to prevent themselves from getting into a situation if they’re in a group and a firearm appears when it shouldn’t,” said DeGeorge. “Firearms are in millions of households in the United States and that needs to be part of the discussion.”
The event also aims to teach children many other basic safety rules, such as stranger awareness, in order to keep themselves and their friends out of potential danger.
Atlanta Range and Ordnance currently plans to make this free class a monthly event.
“Where typically a class like this would cost $75 dollars per participant, we voluntarily provide the range time, the weapons and the ammunition,” said DeGeorge. “It’s a give back to the community and it’s something we feel very strongly about.”
Turpeaux, owner of Archangel Tactical, LLC and Founder of the Get A GRIP Ladies Personal Defense & Firearms Training Program, was the instructor for the safety class. Her training curriculum serves women, men, youth and families in the disciplines of defensive pistol, shotgun, carbine, OC, edged/improvised weapons and unarmed defense training.
“Gary and I are very like minded and want to offer high quality training,” said Turpeaux. “The fastest growing demographic in the firearms market today are families and women. We aim to focus primarily on skills, quality and the handling of firearms.”
“Our discussions come from a survival mindset — talking about the mental component of gun ownership and discussing safety both inside and outside,” said Turpeaux. “Our focus is to educate children about scary topics in a non-scary manner.”
“It’s important for both parents and kids to know what threats are out there nowadays. There is sophisticated planning that goes into violence and we use some stories of women of families who have experienced this in retrospect. We essentially want them to realize that the potential for violence exists and that this could happen to anyone.”
The next safety class at Atlanta Range & Ordnance is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. and will operate on a “first come, first serve” basis.
The class is open to all children eight years of age and older and will require at least one parent to accompany them.