Concealed Carry Weapons Class and Intermediate Pistol Course planned for July 11 and July 18

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be facilitating its next Concealed Carry Weapons class on Saturday, July 11. 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.. 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, July 18. 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. 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 yourself 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. 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.

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