This August has been named National Shooting Sports Month, a time that the country can come together and celebrate all of the benefits we gain from these sports.

Participating in shooting sports not only teaches safe handling of firearms, but it also is a way to practice in a controlled atmosphere.

As a recreational activity, shooting gives us an opportunity to spend time with our family and friends, and to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh Oklahoma air.

There are many organizations within our communities that provide Oklahoma’s gun owners with the resources and information they need to safely handle their firearm.

Local gun ranges not only provide classes to certify your right to own, but also provide facilities to practice operating a firearm and maintaining your skill level.

Last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation expanded its Project Childsafe program to Oklahoma, partnering with around 100 police departments across the state.

Project Childsafe is a safety education program that teaches general safety tips for using and storing firearms. Through this program, local police departments have access to safety education messages and firearm safety kits that are free to community members.

This Congress, I cosponsored H.R 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation would allow law-abiding citizens, with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, to legally carry across state lines.

When the bill was considered in the House, 24 of the country’s state Attorneys General wrote a letter to Congress asking them to support and vote for the bill.

The passage of H.R 38 in the House is one of the biggest Second Amendment wins in the last several decades.

As the country strides toward increasing Second Amendment freedom, there is no better time to recognize the importance of every day firearm safety.

Whether you use firearms for fun and leisure, competitive sports, or for protection, I am working in Congress to protect your Constitutional rights.

Our Second Amendment gives us the right to defend ourselves and I’ll continue to defend that right for you in Washington, D.C.

I encourage you to reach out to your local shooting range or police department to find out what safety and training courses they offer.

Together, we can continue to utilize the second amendment as one of our best rights.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) represents the second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached through http://mullin.house.gov, and at 3109 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK, 74401, 918-687-2533 or 202-225-2701