Anyone wanting to own a firearm or take the Nova Scotia Hunter Education course must first pass safety training. Hnatiuk’s, which is based in Lantz, will work with local instructors to set up safety courses in locations across the province and at a new training centre in Shubenacadie. Online registration is available to make the process easier and more efficient.
“Firearms safety training is an important part of making our communities safer,” said Ross Landry, justice minister, in a news release announcing the co-ordination. “Nova Scotians rely on these programs to ensure they are fully trained to safely own, use and store a firearm.”
About 6,000 residents take the training and courses each year.
The delivery of firearms safety courses is part of the Provincial Firearms Safety program and is funded by the federal government. The contract to offer the firearms safety and hunter education courses was put to tender earlier this year. Two different providers used to offer the courses. The fees will remain the same.
“Hnatiuk's Hunting and Fishing Ltd. has been supplying Nova Scotians with quality hunting and fishing equipment for seven years. We're pleased to be chosen to deliver these very important safety courses,” said owner Jim Hnatiuk. “We're working hard to ensure the courses are available to the public as soon as possible and look forward to providing this training.”
To register for firearms safety and hunter education training, visit http://www.hmcgroup.ca/education/.
For more information about the courses e-mail Amy Cooke, Hnatiuk's training co-ordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.