Concealed Carry Weapons Class Set For SaturdaySep 10th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News, Education, Outdoors
By Sheriff’s Inv. Mark W. Joost
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be facilitating its next Concealed Carry Weapons class on Saturday, Sept. 14. The National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) First Steps Pistol course is the foundation for the sheriff’s office eight hour concealed carry class. In addition, information is provided to ensure that each student is aware of what they can expect to take place before, during and after violent confrontations and how they, as individuals, can best prepare for these dynamics. We emphasize to our students how important it is to value life and to employ less lethal options when the circumstances permit, but we want our students to be confidently prepared. The Florida standards for legally carrying a concealed firearm may not be sufficient to prepare for violent confrontations. Our goal is to fully prepare law abiding citizens for the complex dynamics of violent confrontations while helping to preserve each of our 2nd Amendment rights. This class far exceeds the requirements to apply for the State of Florida Concealed Carry Weapons Permit for residents and non-residents. The Florida Concealed Carry Weapons permit is honored in 36 states. These classes are taught by N.R.A. multi-discipline law enforcement firearms instructors who have military, S.W.A.T. and violent confrontation experience. The cost for this course is $65.00. The cost goes down for additional people in a group. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will also be offering an Intermediate Pistol Course for citizens from 2 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. This six and a half hour course is designed to build a winning foundation for basic concealed carry weapon courses. It will also benefit anyone who desires to increase their knowledge, confidence and ability to prevail in a violent confrontation. There are many fine N.R.A. instructors facilitating concealed carry weapon classes locally and throughout our nation. Many of us take it serious to prepare law abiding citizens for the dynamics of armed confrontations. I consider this a team effort with all of my fellow N.R.A. instructors. My concern remains with the brief gun show type courses. Although many of these instructors may be presenting their material in a professional manner, and may meet the state requirement within a few hours, citizens often leave these gun show type courses more confused than before they started or they are completely unaware of very important issues. Our courses are attempting to offer instruction in areas that statistics show to be extremely important. We want to assist good people in becoming aware and prepared. It is up to individuals to make the choices that are best for them. Our concealed carry weapon course helps you establish a winning foundation. This intermediate course will provide additional skills we consider a necessity to win mentally, physically and spiritually. Some of the skills we will cover in this course include: Fine tuning weapon concealed carry options. Less lethal options. Accessing a firearm concealed on your person and firing. Clearing handgun malfunctions. Cover vs. concealment. Firing from cover. Enhancing marksmanship fundamentals. Enhancing speed and accuracy with a firearm. Reloading under stress. Night firing with and without a flashlight. Basic instinctive shooting. Handgun retention. Predator proximity awareness. Handgun disassembly, cleaning and assembly. As a law abiding citizen, making the choice to arm ourselves is a right and a privilege. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to make the necessary preparations. Make the choice to be a victor, not a victim. We want to share with you the knowledge on how to prepare for, and win, a violent confrontation. The cost for this class is $45.00 per person and students are required to provide the ammunition they would like to use during the practical exercises. A large portion of these course fees will support youth adventure camps sponsored by the sheriff’s office as well as other free courses for the community. If you would like to register for either of these classes, or if you have any questions, please contact Captain Mark W. Joost at (850) 519-0947.