SPC to offer License to Carry class on April 6

LEVELLAND – South Plains College will offer the Texas License to Carry a Handgun class on April 6 (Saturday) in Room 109C of the Law Enforcement Technology building on the Levelland campus. The class will begin at 8 a.m. with breaks every hour as well as a one-hour lunch break.

The cost of the course is $75 for students getting their first license, and $25 for students wanting a refresher course before renewing their license; this does not include the $40 fee for the Department of Public Safety and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint and background checks. 

The classroom portion covers firearm safety, the use of force, non-violent conflict resolution, lawful concealed or open carry, storage with children in the home, and contacts with law enforcement personnel. The class runs for six hours and will focus on covers holsters for concealed and open carry.

The range portion covers range safety rules and commands, and the shooting portion of the class at distances ranging from three to 15 yards, using the indoor pistol range in the Law Enforcement building. Inexperienced shooters might want to take a NRA Basic Pistol course before taking the L.T.C. course. The number of students will determine how long the range portion requires.  

Students will need to bring either a revolver or semiautomatic pistol, any caliber, and 50 rounds of ammunition to match. Eye and hearing protection are provided for students who do not have their own. 

The instructor is Dr. Mike Felker, a retired SPC professor, NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor, DPS certified LTC and School Safety Certification Instructor, and U.S. Concealed Carry Association Affiliate Instructor.

Although renewals are now handled strictly online, the changes in Texas firearms law since 2015 make a refresher course a good investment. Students need to register and pay in advance. Space is limited. To sign up, email kreyes@southplainscollege.edu or call (806) 716-2341.