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Private Permit to Carry Classes

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I am currently working on finalizing the details on several private corporate permit to carry classes.  I thought it might be a nice time to plant the seed on this if you are a business owner.

If you are Second Amendment Friendly, this may be a great way to introduce the fact to your clientele.  For retail businesses it is a great community event that provides in most cases a much needed service.  Other industries that might consider it would be real estate professionals.  Think about how many realtors are out and about on their own with clients.  Property Management firms, ditto story.  One I hadn’t thought of until I was approached was financial planners.  This is a great service to offer especially to their female clientele to empower them.  As I teach more than just Permit to Carry, an intro to gun or basic handgun class may be appropriate.   Other opportunities might be employee based classes done on location at convenient times for staff and work schedules.

Here are some things to consider if you are not sure where you stand as a business owner as reported today by Fox Small Business News:

There are some social issues in our country that are just downright contentious and even after years of public debate, sides seem as polarized as ever. Most don’t impact the small business owner, but gun law is an issue that some owners need to consider.

State and local gun laws are changing rapidly, and in many states it is fairly easy to obtain a concealed carry permit and when this is so, usually businesses have the option to prohibit guns in their establishments. Generally, this requires posting a sign at entrances.

An informal survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal found that while larger chain restaurants tend to prohibit guns, there’s a trend among smaller restaurants to allow guns and even encourage them. You’ll find promotions like “Second Amendment Wednesday” and signs welcoming gun owners at restaurants in states with more liberal concealed carry permit laws. Some restaurants offer discounts to gun toters.

Three points to consider

There are three issues to consider when formulating your own policy. First, make sure you understand state and local laws in your area. Second, you need to consider the attitude of your customers. Third, you should consider the safety of your customers. (Listing this third does not imply it is any less important; however, there are some legal issues that may not be fully settled right now that you need to think about.)
Here is the full link if you would like:

http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2014/08/20/should-your-small-business-welcome-legally-carried-guns/

 

Our info on training can be found by simply clicking here.

We believe in Responsibly Armed Americans!

 

 

 

 

Calamity Jane Ladies Night!

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Come and Connect with other women in honing our skill in pistol shooting. There will be food, fun, education and of course shooting!  The evening begins with appetizers and training supplied by a USCCA trainer.  An hour of shooting will follow with prizes being handed out for Best Shot of the Night!  There will be time afterwards to shop for holsters, shirts, bling and more! This evening is geared towards women familiar with guns. Depending on participation we will be sharing lanes so there will be plenty of time for sharing and learning.  Tickets are available for both gun owners and gun renters as long as you have pistol experience.  A target, ears and eyes will be provided but ammo is additional if you are renting a gun.  If you are a new shooter, please attend one of our Intro to Shooting Classes before joining us on these evenings.

Intro To Guns

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This class is designed to familiarize you with guns and gun ownership.  A Certified USCCA instructor will teach the class where we will cover basic gun fundamentals, gun safety and information on what to do next if you enjoy the sport.  We will safely handle guns and you will gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a handgun.  You are provided with classroom materials, gun and ammo target, eye and ear protection.   Both classroom and limited range time is included.  Class size is limited to provide one on one instruction.  Buy your ticket through Target Sports MN

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Are you Ready for the Permit to Carry Class?

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As a responsible and educated firearms trainer I felt I wanted to tackle this topic head on.  The reason why is the number of uneducated people that I find sitting in a Permit to Carry class.  I don’t mean that in a negative way so hear me out.  Most often people are taking someones advice on taking the Permit to Carry Class.  This person may or may not have the right info to make that recommendation, many times they don’t.
A Permit to Carry Class should NOT be taken by new shooters or individuals not familiar and comfortable with a firearm. Think about it. You are asking, in my case, a Certified Instructor to issue a certificate to a person not ready to have one.  Don’t get me wrong, I will deny someone their training certificate if I feel this way but it is such a negative position to be in and does not encourage and empower the person taking the class in the least little bit!

In my position, my biggest thrill is to educate someone in the safe and responsible handling of a firearm and watch them blossom and love it as much as I do.  By having someone sign up and take an advanced class, which is what I consider the Permit to Carry to be, when they are not ready for it is a recipe for failure.  Not only do they not feel confident and empowered but this situation takes me away from the class as a whole as I spend more time with this individual.  If only we had spent that time in advance of the class, both parties would have been more successful!

Remember that you can get a Permit to Purchase, that you don’t need a Permit to Carry to buy a firearm.  It’s only required to take the Permit to Carry class if you are considering carrying that firearm with you on a daily basis.  This is a huge decision and one you should weigh very carefully.  If you don’t think you could handle yourself well in a crisis situation or if you couldn’t pull the trigger and take a life, you should think long and hard before you decide to waste your money on a permit to carry class.

If you do decide that you want to enforce your 2A Amendment right then do it in a responsible and prepared way.  Take classes or one on one training with a certified trainer who can help you in all areas of gun ownership.  Get good at shooting and comfortable with your firearm.  Then and only then should you take the permit to carry class.

My last tidbit goes hand in hand with the last comment.  That is, shoot a gun you are comfortable shooting.  I have seen the biggest guy in the world shake and twitch during a qualifying shoot so the last thing you want to do is “borrow” someones gun or shoot a caliber you are not comfortable shooting.  A test is a test and most folks get nervous taking one so rest assured when you are standing in the range, unless you have done your homework, this could be your undoing.

Calamity Jane Ladies Night

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Come and Connect with other women in honing our skill in pistol shooting. There will be food, fun, education and of course shooting!  The evening begins with appetizers and training supplied by a USCCA trainer.  An hour of shooting will follow with prizes being handed out for Best Shot of the Night!  There will be time afterwards to shop for holsters, shirts, bling and more! This evening is geared towards women familiar with guns. Depending on participation we will be sharing lanes so there will be plenty of time for sharing and learning.  Tickets are available for both gun owners and gun renters as long as you have pistol experience.  A target, ears and eyes will be provided but ammo is additional if you are renting a gun.  If you are a new shooter, please attend one of our Intro to Shooting Classes before joining us on these evenings.

Minnesota Ladies Permit to Carry Class

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You’ve seen the rest, now Attend the Best! The class curriculum is taught by USCCA Certified instructor, Gretchen Morris based on the AWESOME book by Michael Martin, Permit to Carry! This will be a fun and interactive class addressing the specific concerns that ladies have with permit to carry. You must Preregister for the event at the link listed! Cost includes all class materials, training, range time and rental gun and ammo

Intro To Guns

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This class is designed to familiarize you with guns and gun ownership.  A Certified USCCA instructor will teach the class where we will cover basic gun fundamentals, gun safety and information on Minnesota Permit to Carry Law.  We will safely handle guns and you will gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a handgun.  You are provided with classroom materials, gun, target, eye and ear protection.  Ammo is additional First hour is classroom, Second hour is shooting.  Class size is limited to provide one on one instruction.

 

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Color Codes of Awareness-Yellow

We have already covered condition white which is totally unaware of your surroundings.  Today let’s talk about yellow.  If you are a gun carrier, yellow is the condition you should always be in when you are in public

This is not an overly active condition, just aware of your situation and being alert.

You should have safe habits when you are in this condition like avoiding arguments and situations that lead to conflict.

You should always be aware of exits and cover in the area you are in and be scanning the room for potential issues.

This is best described as Relaxed Alert.  No specific threat but aware and ready.

Up next, Condition Orange!

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Color Codes of Awareness-White

Originally developed by the US Marines in the Pacific during World War II, these color codes are useful today as modified by Colonel Jeff Cooper.

Today we will talk about the first one:  CONDITION WHITE

In this condition you are unaware of what is going on around you.  Picture those folks or yourself at the mall looking down at your phone:

You don’t think anything bad can happen, it is the condition of most victims of crime.

In this condition you won’t recognize a threat until it is too late.

Modern tech like phones and ipods contribute to your unawareness.

If you are carrying a gun, this condition is unacceptable!

Next post we will be moving on to Condition Yellow.  Meanwhile educate yourself and your family especially kids that you never want to be in condition WHITE!
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Situational Awareness

Picture1As a registered permit holder, I understand clearly that I am held to a higher standard and have a greater responsibility.  Love the quote with Great Power comes Great Responsibility.  Historians will argue on who gets the credit for that but my money is on Jesus..”to whom much has been given, much will be expected”.  Regardless, carrying a gun does come with its own set of rules and some of these translate pretty well to the rest of the population as well.  The one I will talk about today is Situational Awareness.

Situational Awareness is an awareness of our immediate vicinity and of the people and objects within that environment.  I was recently shopping in Ikea.  As I walked around the different areas and levels, I was amazed at the wholehearted lack of attention paid by many people. Whether they were talking on their phone or looking down at it surfing or texting, many people were highly unaware of their situation.  One of my favorite movies is Red.  I think it’s because of Helen Mirren being such a bad mama jama in it but if you watch the character Bruce Willis plays, he is always on the alert.  That is a good lesson for all of us.

Here are some good tips to be 360 degrees aware:

Put the phone away!

Pay attention to your surroundings and the people and objects in them

Pretend that you have a protective bubble around you and keep track of whats going on in the bubble and the vicinity of it, this includes behind you!

Look at people!  I know the old saying “Don’t make eye contact” but experts agree that if you make eye contact the other person know they have been seen and this can be a big difference in a bad situation.

Lastly be prepared for any potential issue.  Trust your instincts and move away from anything that you don’t feel is quite right.

Situational Awareness could just save your life one day!