“Black Women Firearm Safety was organized to provide space for Black Women to learn the basics of firearms in an environment that centers them,” said organizer Free Brown. “Our goal is to connect learners with Black-owned firearm stores and training businesses.”The first class, held on February 27 and 28, 75 women registered and 60 of them completed the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) test and received their card.
The first class, held on February 27 and 28, 75 women registered and 60 of them completed the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) test and received their card.
FSC card holders are eligible to purchase a firearm.
The virtual class was taught by Geneva Solomon of Redstone Firearms, a store and training center in Burbank, Ca., which she owns with her husband, Jonathan. Geneva is also director of internal communications for the National African American Gun Association.
Anthony Dart of Akoben Firearm Safety Training facilitated the test and in-person training.
According to Brown, all involved have dropped their normal rates to make this course accessible to Black women.
The next class will be held virtually on Friday, March 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and in person in Oakland on Saturday, March 27 with two-hour training time slots at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. It will be facilitated by Amber Madden.
Brown said: “[i]n an effort to support their sisters, wives, daughters, and friends . . . Black men signed up the women in their lives, too.”
The agenda for the March 26 class is a discussion of “Black Women, Firearms & Safety Q & A.”
Topics for the March 27 class are the FSC Card test, safe handling, proper grip and stance and securing a firearm.
The in-person classes will be masked and socially distanced. You must also bring your state issued identification or driver’s license if you wish to get a FSC issued.
The cost is $35, and upon registration you receive an e-mail with the Firearm Safety Study Guide. Rubber replica guns will be supplied at the in-person training. You must be 21 or over to participate.
To register, please visit www.BWFS.eventbrite.com.
If you have questions, please contact the organizer at BlackWomenFS@gmail.com.