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Lacking Ballistics Expertise? Looking to Pack Some Heat? Admitted in SC? Here's a CLE Course for You

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For South Carolina attorneys who seek to arm themselves against the potential vicissitudes of law practice but lack the practical training to feel confident about doing so safely, their bar association has anticipated a need.

On a single weekend in April, lawyers can not only receive firearms and ballistics analysis training from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and do the work necessary to obtain a concealed-carry permit but earn Continuing Legal Education credit for doing so.

On April 8, participants can earn 4.5 hours of CLE credit by learning about the inferences that can be drawn from gunshot residue, pellet and ejection patterns, among other evidence, explains a course description on the South Carolina Bar website.

On April 9, another 1.5 hours of CLE credit can be gained. In addition to learning pistol-shooting basics such as safe loading and unloading and “how to carry, draw and holster your pistol from concealment,” participants get CLE credit from a portion of the course focusing on firearms and the criminal law of homicide, manslaughter and self-defense, explains the course description for that session.

“These topics will be taught with an eye toward educating practitioners on how to represent their clients in gun and concealed weapon cases,” the course description notes.

Participants are instructed to arrive at the class with paper, pen and a “good attitude” and not to bring firearms with them.

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