People will have an opportunity to learn about current laws associated with using a firearm or force of any kind for self-defense in a free class taught by Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan, Okanogan County Firearms Instructor and Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Blake and — this year — a special guest, Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven González.

“Self Defense and the Law” will cover what people can — and cannot — do when faced with a violent act or other criminal activity. Blake recommends the class for anyone who keeps a firearm at home or who has a concealed-weapons permit.

“This is a great class if you are new to firearm carry or use — or just want a refresher or an update on current laws associated with using a firearm or force of any kind for self-defense,” said Blake.

In addition to the presentations about the law, class participants will be able to ask questions of the instructors.

The class is Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Okanogan Behavorial Healthcare, 1007 Koala Ave., Omak.

The class has no age limit. Blake asks that people planning to attend email him at so he can do a head count and reserve a facility.

The sheriff’s department also offers free hands-on firearms classes for beginners and more-experienced users. Dates for this year will be announced soon.

For more information, go to the Okanogan County Firearms Training Facebook page.