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Provide basic firearms training for those who are new to using firearms or who have never had formal training and provide more advanced training for those who are exercising or considering exercising their right to defend themselves with armed force but do not have the requisite knowledge and skill set to do so.

The NRA is changing the way its basic pistol course is taught.  It is done in two phases.  Phase I will be done on-line and Phase II will be done face to face by NRA Certified Pistol Instructors. 

Click here to register for the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Phase I.

As part of the registration process you will select a user ID.  The cost for Phase I is $60.  It will take about six hours to complete the course which covers information all pistol shooters need to know.  When you pass the written test at the end of Phase I you will receive a PIN.

If you want me to be your Phase II instructor, here to register for Phase II.  This will take you to a web page where you can select an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. 
Select NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting and enter 30083 in the Zip Code dialog box and click on the Search button.
You will get a list of instructors who teach Phase II within 25 miles of Stone Mountain.
Find a date that works for you and click on the "click for details button for that date.

I charge $100 for Phase II.  We will spend about four hours in the classroom and at least an hour and a half on the range.  You will need eye and ear protections and you will be responsible for range fees and professionally manufactured ammunition.  You can use your handgun or mine (at no charge) or you can use a rental pistol.

Click here to see how the course is laid out.

If you are satisfied with the cost enter your User ID and PIN and click on Validate and Register.  I will send you a confirmation message with the class location.

All self-defense courses I teach are best conducted over a two day period.  The normal scheduling for these courses are as follows.

NRA Personal Protection in the Home or SMFTS Concealed Carry Basic Course on the second weekend of the month.  (Can be done in one looooooooooooong day.)

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home or GCO Georgia Firearms Carry Course on the second weekend of the month.  (Basic course can be done in one loooooooooong day.)

GeorgiaCarry.Org Georgia Firearms Carry Course is a two day course and is scheduled by mutual agreement on class dates.

Registration for these courses closes seven days before the class date.  The course that is actually presented will be based on the first registrant's choice.

For more information please call (404)519-4331.

Interesting question that one.  The answer depends on several factors. 

The first one would be why are you interesting in shooting handguns? 

Next would be what firearms training courses if any you already have attended and with what  firearms? 

Next would be how happy you are with your current gun handling and shooting abilities? 

Finally you might ask yourself what you know about legal restrictions that affect your use of the firearm. 

Please click here for a discussion what sort of training might be appropriate for you.

No single course you can take will produce real competence with a handgun.  Firearm courses teach knowledge, skills and attitude but competence takes time, sometimes a lot of time and it takes high quality practice.  A good example in another field would be golf.  You can take all of the golf lessons you want but if you do not go out and play on a regular basis you will not be a good golfer.  The same holds true for shooting a handgun.

The logical progression depends on your current state of competence and your goals.  Please click here for a more detailed discussion.

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The second amendment is supposed to protect the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.  It does that to some extent, however since the Bill of Rights became law states, counties and cities have restricted that right to one extent or another.

Federal law specifies some restrictions as to what kind of handguns can be kept, how they must be purchased and who can legally purchase one.  There are also some federal laws that affect transport of firearms.

Most of the law that address how we keep and use firearms in Georgia are, in fact state law.

Georgia is one of the more gun friendly states but there are restrictions in effect and if you are not aware of them you could end up being charged with an offense about which you were completely unaware and which could negate your right to keep and bear arms.

If you have included firearms in your personal protection strategy you really need to understand what your rights are with respect to the use of force, specifically the use of deadly force.  If you do not understand these laws and you end up using or threatening to use a firearm in what you believe to be a clear instance of self-defense you could easily end up being convicted of a felony simply because you were operating under the assumption that common sense should prevail.

Common sense and the law occasionally but not always intersect.  It is not something that should be left to chance.  Click here to see how we address these issues with a five hour, sixty five dollar class.

Significant changes were made to Georgia gun laws in 2014 and a few laws were clarified in 2015.  Those changes have been incorporated into this class.

The June class will be held on Sunday, 06/05/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

The July class will be held on Sunday, 07/10/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

The August class will be on Sunday, 08/07/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

The September class will be on Sunday, 09/14/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  Location to be determined.

If you are armed for the purpose of self defense whether or not you carry in public and you do not already understand the laws that address the use of force and the use of deadly force in Georgia, we hope that you will give serious consideration to taking this class.  We address those topics and how to legally purchase, sell, transfer, transport and use handguns in Georgia and we cover the Georgia Weapons Carry License, who can and cannot be approved for one, how to apply and carry restrictions.  Click here to see a more complete description of the course content. 

The content of this class specifically addresses all of the learning objectives in the two NRA personal protection courses.  Attendance of this class is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to take any armed self-defense course offered by SMFTS except for the GCO Georgia Firearms Carry Course which includes minimal instruction on the use of deadly force and concealed carry restrictions.

Attendance of the SMFTS Firearms and the Law Class is recognized by Georgia POST as meeting the requirement for annual use of deadly force training for law enforcement officers in this state and will credit LEO attendees with four hours of training against the required twenty hours of in-service training.

The class will take about four or five hours of your time.  The cost is either $65 (non-GeorgiaCarry.Org members) or $50 (for those who are members or are LEO).  If you attend the class as a non-GCO member and apply for membership while you are in class we will pay the $15 membership dues.

If you are interested in attending please use the registration form.

What do you think is going to happen immediately after you have prevailed in a self-defense shooting? 

Most likely you will want legal counsel.  Can you handle the expense of that on your own?  

There are several organizations which offer services to assist with a justified self-defense incident.  It might be worth your time to click here and check out what these folks offer.

Incidentally nobody is going to insure you for an unjustified shooting.

SB 68, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?  It is pretty short as such things go.  Please check it out yourself.  A link appears below.

As the law stands today in Georgia, anyone who can pass a background check and has the eighty or so bucks to pay for the license will be issued a Georgia Weapons Carry License. No training is required. If someone cannot tell the difference between a pistol and a toaster but can pass the background check he or she will be issued a five year license to carry.

One might think that I would be all for mandatory training since I provide training exactly like what is described in SB 68.  I stand to gain from such a law, right?  That is true but I am also a citizen who believes in the Second Amendment and I would never put my rights at risk for financial gain.

I have mixed feelings about mandatory training.  Requiring it as a hurdle to get a carry license carries with it the very real probability that, no matter how well intentioned and how reasonable the language of any law requiring training might be, it would put us on a slippery slope to not being able to get a carry license at all.  That concern is not paranoia.  It is based on observed past behavior in the Georgia legislature.  Get right down to it I am not very trustful of legislators in general and when it comes to gun control, I am downright distrustful of democrat legislators.

There are a half dozen or so Georgia senators who would like to require that only those who have received training could be issued a carry license. The legislation can be read as it stands now at, http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/SB/68.  

It seems reasonable at first glance unless you are attuned to previous efforts by legislators to make it difficult for anyone to get a license to carry and impossible for most people.

There are two sections of the bill that cause me concern.  

The first one is lines 35 to 42. It states there that the training is to be approved by the, “Department of Public Safety”  

The second is on lines 64 and 65. It states there that to Commissioner of Public Safety shall create rules and regulations for the implementation of this change to the law.  

What could be wrong with that? Where to begin? An unspecified individual will approve the nature and extent of training and a commissioner who is not elected to that office will work out how the new law will be implemented. None of the people who would be entrusted to do the right thing are accountable to the voters and except for minimum requirements in the law, they could impose whatever burden they desire on us. The language of the legislation invites abuse of the rights of Georgia citizens.  

I doubt that this bill will never be signed into law simply because several grass roots organizations keep those of us who care about our Second Amendment rights apprised of what is going on.  One is Georgia Gun Owners (http://www.georgiagunowners.org/) and GeorgiaCarry.Org (http://www.georgiacarry.org).  Just because I doubt it will become law does not mean that we should take efforts like this lightly.

Every bill that I know of and consider to be an infringement on my right to keep and bear arms here in Georgia originated from within the democrat party.  I have no idea what motivates them to do that but it is what it is.  Whenever they initiate any law that might impact my right to be armed I start looking for the language in the law that poses the threat and I make it a point to inform the gun people I know of that threat and do the same thing for those who are not gun people.  All converts are welcome.  

I suggest that all of us watch for legislation of this nature and publicize it to anyone who will listen and to do that in a level headed manner so as to persuade those who might otherwise support legislation like this, to oppose it. Inflammatory language in the way we communicate is usually counterproductive. It gets cheers from those who already agree with us and turns off those whose opinion we would like to change.

The answer as of January of 2015 is happily, not much.  Yet!

The short descriptions of the policies that will become law as they are implemented do not provide enough information even to speculate what impact they will have on law abiding citizens who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights and probably Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights as well.  But knowing how the president and the majority of his party feel about the Second Amendment and our rights that he and they took an oath to protect and defend I think it prudent to watch closely as these measures take effect.

I have listed the executive orders here and as information is available I will try to post below the list in the same numbered order as they appear in the list what is being done with respect to implementation.  Much of that information will probably be done by links to other sources.  As a matter of fact on 01/25/2013 I found this link which appears to provide a bit more detail than I had when I first posted this on my website.

I included some observations about my view of these Executive Orders and some questions that I think we should be asking ourselves. 

Please pardon my apparent skepticism that much of what is done will make any sense or be respectful of the restrictions placed upon the federal government by the US Constitution and the amendments thereto.