Mozingo Lake Recreation Park will host a youth and adult handgun training session on September 21.
The City Council approved a request by the ABC Handgun Team to host the event, but there are still some details to be hashed out.
The biggest issue is the exact location of the live-fire portion of the training, the original application asked to reserve the area behind the multi-purpose building.
Council members had some concerns about the backdrop, and no one from ABC was at the meeting for discussion.
City Manager Greg McDanel suggested that the Maryville Public Safety's firing range on the west side of the lake would be a better location.
"It is ultimately up to the applicant to find the appropriate venue," McDanel said. "We are more than willing to work with them to find the best place to hold the course."
Shawn Harper spoke on behalf of ABC, and agreed that the range would be the best venue.
Harper has been teaching handgun safety for more than 30 years, and is state and National Rifle Association-approved.
The course would give youth a good base knowledge of handgun safety, Harper said, and adults would leave with a conceal and carry certification.
The ABC handgun team has taught well over 400 people the proper way to handle firearms.
Their classes provide ammunition and firearms for those who do not have their own.
The cost will be $50 for adults, and $20 for youth who attend with a paying adult.
The goal, Harper said, is ultimately to encourage safety and proper handling of a weapon that is a common item in rural America.
"If people have a handgun in the house, they need to know about handgun safety," Harper said. "And my number one priority is teaching children to avoid accidents and tragedies.
"The second part is to help adults achieve the conceal and carry qualification."
Harper works as a corrections officer in St. Joseph, and worked as a volunteer for more than 20 years with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources before moving to Missouri.
He has been a certified hunter's education teacher and corrections firearms trainer for five years, and has been certified with the NRA for over 25 years.
The ABC Handgun Team has eight certified instructors and will have plenty on hand depending on interest in this fall's session. Their Facebook page gives regular updates and contact information.