Senator Betsy Close offers women's firearms training event

Sen. Betsy Close will host an event for local women to learn about ways of defending themselves that will include a state-of-the-art virtual firearms simulator system.

"I want to be confident that I can protect my family if the situation calls for it and be a teacher and example for my children in firearm safety," said Close. "But you can't teach what you don't know. I believe this event will help empower local women to walk with greater self-reliance and assurance that they can teach their families how to safety handle firearms and defend themselves and the ones they love in a world that is increasingly full of unknowns."

Rachel Lucas, the Executive Director of Safer Oregon, said "Oregon is second in the nation in registered sex offenders and number two for the most sexual violence. Learning to safely use a firearm can give women a sense of safety and empowerment."

The public is invited to attend. Event details are below:

What: Laser Shot Firearms Training
When: September 4th at 7:00 pm
Where: 130 SW Ellsworth St. Albany, OR 97321
Cost: $10 each or 2 for $15

You can RSVP using the form below or call Tayleranne at 541-554-6631.

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Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe

I believe that one of the most basic functions of government is keeping families safe in their homes, at school, and on the road.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary committee, I have worked hard to keep our communities safe and to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Here are three examples of public safety legislation I have worked on:

  1. I led a bipartisan coalition that passed a law to make purchasing sex with a minor a felony on the first offense. I mentioned before how this new law has already been put to use in Linn County.
  2. I supported increased mental health funding to help troubled people.
  3. I fought to give local communities control over medical marijuana dispensaries.

Keeping our kids, seniors, and communities safe is one of my top priorities. These efforts have been recognized by the endorsements of Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley and Retired Sheriff Tim Mueller.

Upcoming Event for Women!

Speaking of safety, I hope you can join me on Thursday, September 4th at 7 PM. I will be hosting a virtual firearms training for women. This is a great opportunity for women to learn how to better protect themselves.

The event will be led by Sharon Preston - a certified instructor with years of experience training women in self-defense. The training will all be virtual – with no actual firearms or ammunition. It’s a great, low stress and fun way to explore these self-defense options! It’s also a great opportunity to network and meet other women interested in learning about self-protection options. Additionally, there will be other women who provide self-defense training available to answer your questions and provide information.

When: September 4th at 7pm.

Where: 130 SW Ellsworth St. Albany, OR 97321

How: RSVP to Tayleranne at 541-554-6631

Cost: The cost to attend is $10 for an individual or $15 for two people.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you there!

~ Betsy