April 2, 2012
12-92

Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

Free Federal Firearms Enforcement Training

VALDOSTA -- Prosecutors and law enforcement officers from South Georgia and North Florida regions can receive important information on federal firearms law today and tomorrow during the Federal Firearms Enforcement Training presented by the U.S. Attorney General's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The two-day event will be held in Valdosta State University's University Center Magnolia Room.

The event begins today at 1 p.m. with a four-hour session for federal firearms licensees. During the session, participants will discuss a wide array of topics such as federal firearms laws and regulations, sales to prohibited categories of people, record-keeping, reporting thefts and losses of firearms and prosecution.

Tomorrow's training takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes subjects like developments in federal firearms laws and prosecution, firearms trafficking and crime gun intelligence. The training is open to law enforcement officers, prosecutors and students at VSU.

"This is a great opportunity for students who are studying criminal justice to learn important policies, laws and regulations about different types of weaponry, including high-powered ammunition and rifles," said Dr. Darrell L. Ross, professor and department head in Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. "This training is very important when examining the proper use of firearms, changes in laws, licensure procedures and how firearms laws are applied."

The event is hosted by VSU's Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Valdosta Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

For more information, contact Ross at dross@valdosta.edu.