Handgun safety programs sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA) will be held March 12 and 27, April 23 and May 7 at the shooters' pistol range in New Milford.

The one-day program will offer knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for using or owning a handgun.

A national written examination and live-fire range qualification will be conducted.

Program completion is a requirement for application for a state permit in Connecticut and most other states.

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The NRA will also offer "Personal Protection In The Home" courses May 14 and July 23 featuring a talk on criminal and liability law by attorney Thomas Allingham.

For registration or information for either program, call 203-947-4327, e-mail learnsafety@gmail.com or check www.hflearnsafety.com.