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Box Elder Police and gun range offer tests for retired officers

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It's a rigorous gun test.

"It's a 50-round course of fire from nine to 75 feet, under time constraints," Box Elder Police Lieutenant Chris Misselt said.

And it's the same test active officers take, but Misselt is focusing on retired officers. "If that officer wants to travel around - if they vacation, if they're an RVer or something like that - they would have to get the (gun) permit from each of the states that they would travel to," Misselt explained.

But not anymore says Misselt, thanks to a bill passed by Congress in 2004. A new partnership between the Box Elder Police Department and Smoking Gun Indoor Range allows former officers in good standing to hit the target. "What this does is it allows them to complete one regulatory requirement in the qualification according to the state standard," Misselt said. "And then that makes them good to go in all 50 states."

Basically, retirees who pass the gun test can carry a gun in all 50 states without worrying about state permits. Eligible officers who want to pass the test have to hit the target 38 out of 50 times with a semi-automatic or revolver, or both. The type of gun used during the test depends on the type of gun a person wants to carry daily. "We found that most officers, if they've maintained some level of proficiency, if they've shot recreationally for a period of time, they don't have a problem passing the test," said Misselt.

Retirees get three chances to pass.

Richard Folsland, a Smoking Gun employee, says it's important to have a place where people can qualify. "As far as we know, non of the other ranges are offering these courses," Folsland said.

Interested? Call the Smoking Gun at 791-3656. Your name will be added to an enrollment list and classes will start once enough people are signed up.

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