Fire Department to host license to carry class

LAGUNA VISTA — Need a license to carry?

The Laguna Vista Fire Department and Rescue Association will be hosting a license to carry class on March 3.

The class is being held as one of the many fundraisers for the Rescue Association to offset costs of operation that the city is unable to cover.

According to fire Capt. Robert Drapela, this is the first LTC class the department will be hosting.

“For right now, it is just going to be the one class and we’ll see how it goes,” Drapela said.

The four-hour class will go over Texas handgun laws, use of force and deadly force and non-violent dispute resolution.

After the class, students will head over to Vinson’s Gun Range to go over safety techniques and proper gun usage.

Military personnel who have a record of range scores from the past nine years are excused from the range portion of the class.

The cost of the class is $80 and does not include the state and fingerprint fees.

Members of the military and first responders will be able to attend the class at a discounted rate of $60.

Initial licenses are valid for four years.

Drapela said the class is limited and people must be at least 18 years old to attend.

Students are expected to provide their own equipment including handgun, ammunition and eye and ear protective wear.

Assistant Fire Chief Raul Aguilar is a licensed instructor and will be teaching the class.

Drapela said the department was brainstorming fundraising ideas when Aguilar said he was willing to teach a class and give the profits to the association.

Drapela said the department is trying to come up with more fundraising ideas such as a fish fry to host throughout the year.

If You Go

WHEN: Saturday, March 3

WHERE: Laguna Vista Fire Station, 245 Santa Isabel Blvd.

HOW: To sign up go to