Handgun safety programs sponsored by the National Rifle Association will be held Jan. 7, Jan. 22, Feb. 11 and Feb.19 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.

The NRA will also offer a "Personal Protection In The Home" course March 17 featuring attorneys Thomas Allingham and Dan Readyoff. For registration or information for either program, call 203-947-4327, e-mail learnsafety@gmail.com or check www.hflearnsafety.com.