Tri-County Technical College offers a handgun safety and proficiency course this week to allow qualifying participants to apply for a South Carolina concealed weapons permit. The course takes place at 8:30 a-m Saturday at Tech’s Anderson campus, at 511 Michelin Blvd. and will include eight hours of classroom instruction and additional time on the firing range. The firing range location and times will be announced during class. Topics will include weapons components and handgun knowledge, handgun safety and handling, cleaning and storage of weapons, basic shooting techniques, range safety and South Carolina law. The cost is $99 per person or for individuals who bring a friend; the cost is discounted to $75 per person (one friend per person.) For more information, call 864/646-1700.