(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Electronic fingerprints are made easy by a computer and scanning device
at Fast Cash Pawn Shop in Sevierville off Highway 411. The technician is
Stephanie Nickell, at right, fingerprinting Vennessa Painter, who works as
a therapist and is required to have prints on file with the TBI and FBI.
More and more workers are required to have electronic fingerprints as part
of tighter security in America.
|Published: 4:37 PM, 03/15/2013
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Winter is determined not to let go quickly as it peppered
our hometown with snow and sleet last Wednesday, but you may not have noticed
still being under the groggy influence of time change.
For now we will finish our gun handling training with
Sheriff Armando Fontes, Detective Kevin Benton and others in law enforcement
who take the time to keep citizens safe. I hope to begin a chat with Jerry Hall
and soon a story that I came across on lost diamond rings. Despite the cool
weather, Brockwell Construction workers were at the future home of Memorial
Baptist Church last week rebuilding the roof of the giant metal building sold
at auction last year. During a drive to Sevierville I also stopped at Fast Cash
Pawn to learn more about electronic fingerprinting as part of my story on
handgun carry permits. Owner Roy Jones gave me a lot of information you will
Better security for children
Sheriff Fontes has written an explanation of the
"Active Shooter/Personal Protection and Safety Education" program for
the handgun carry permit class. As a strong believer in the Second Amendment,
the right to bear arms, he tempers this with gun owners' responsibility. Those
with weapons should store and keep them locked and secure away from children
and thieves. The classes not only teach this, but legal issues concerning guns
and defense. By the way, to sign up for a future class just call 423-623-6004
and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted about the next free
class. But you can always contact Capt. Kevin Benton.
Sheriff Fontes said that in recent weeks he has been
working with school administration to help do safety and security surveys of
our schools. You will be reading more about this in the Plain Talk. He does not
believe that the answer to protect school children is to arm teachers with guns
but to have a stronger law enforcement presence and more training for teachers.
To this aim, he begins in 2013 a program specifically for teachers to teach
them how to protect themselves and their school children. "You don't want
a teacher cowering in fear in the corner with their children. You want them to
see what is available to protect the children should an intruder break
in." Teachers will learn more about spotting mental illness, understanding
self defense, using deadly force, protection of private and public property,
carrying a weapon." Also, citizens who are not teachers interested in the
program can sign up for classes in the day, 9 p.m. until 3 p.m. or two sessions
three hours each at nights. Part of these classes includes self-defense, which
will be taught by jail shift supervisor Pam McAmis.
Quick overview of process
You may find out the hardest thing to do in order to
obtain a handgun carry permit is to sign up for the gun safety and training
classes. Most every county has at least one expert trainer and Cocke County
does in Capt. Benton with the sheriff's dept. After several hours of classroom
training you take a written test. The written test, which you should easily
pass, because the classroom presentation covers every question, takes perhaps
15-20 minutes. There are also some forms to fill out that are mandatory and
part of the paperwork to prove you actually went to a firing range to shoot a
handgun. Once you complete firing a few dozen bullets mostly hitting the paper
targets you get certified to take the final steps in obtaining the Tennessee
Department of Safety issued permit.
You are warned by Kevin and others that you have
only six months from the date of the training class to complete the application
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