Tana Moody said: January 22nd, 2013 12:07 pm I really enjoyed the class I took on January 19, 2013. It makes for a long day but it is required by the law. Gary made the day go by fast by teaching us with some very good material, videos, and his crazy jokes. Everyone in the class got involved in the conversations and you got a lot of feed back from everyone. You will learn all about the laws and what to do and what not to do with your firearm. I was a beginner so I was terrified with a gun. Gary was very patient and helpful teaching me how to load and unload the gun safely. He teaches you the importance of cleaning the gun properly and how to store your gun. At the range him and his people were very patient and helpful with everyone. I was so shocked when I took my target down and I got 2 bulls eye. I was really proud of myself since I had never shot a gun before. Yay Me!! The main thing you will learn is that you will learn quickly and precisely what carrying, and being prepared to use, a concealed firearm means for you and your family. I would advice anyone to go take this class and learn all you can learn before all the laws change and it gets harder to purchase a gun to defend yourself and your love ones.
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Frequently Asked Questions: 

Why is this class required to apply for the conceal carry permit?
North Carolina State Law requires everyone who wants to apply for a permit to carry a firearm must take a class like this one. The class is on the laws of North Carolina and firearm safety. This is only a starting point to carrying firearms responsibly and firearm safety.


It is your 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms. But to conceal it off your property, you must earn that privilege! 

How old must I be and what are the requirements to take the CCW class?

You must be 21 years or older to take the CCW Class. If under 21 you can take the class only if your parent or guardian is with you and taking the class and they sign the release forms.  In North Carolina to buy a handgun you must be 21, also you must be a legal citizen of the United States with current photo identification.

What time will the class start?
The class will start at 8 am on Saturday, unless there is a special class. Check the home page for dates and times, as well as other locations. Please be on time doors open 30 minutes before.

How do I know if you still have room in the class?
Class dates are removed from the web when there is less than 5 seats available.

Where is the class located?
Location is on the main page with a Google hyper link that will give you directions to the class from anywhere in the world.

What should I wear the day of the class?

Dress for the weather and something comfortable! LADIES, BE SURE TO WEAR SOMETHING THAT WON'T LET   H O T   B R A S S   FALL DOWN YOUR SHIRT!   PLEASE DON'T WEAR LOW CUT!

Does it make a difference what county I live in to take your class?

The class is good for all counties in North Carolina, it makes no difference what county you live in as long as you live in NC.

Can I apply for my CCW in another county other than the one I live in?
You must be a resident of the county you live in to apply for the CCW or a hand gun permit.

Where will we go to shoot?

What type of target will I be shooting at?
North Carolina has requirements on what type of targets that can and can not be used, I use the “bull's eye”  or "Silhouette" targets only because it’s about the same size of a persons chest cavity and it is an approved target.

How long is the class?

The class starts at 8am and will go until we get through with the class room work and that is usually around 4pm to 5pm, then we will go to the range and that will take another 1 to 2 hours. Most classes are done by 6 to 7pm, so the class is around 10 to 12 hours.

What will we go over in class?

After the introductions, the first part of the class will cover the use of deadly force, when you can and more importantly when you can’t use deadly force, places where you can carry your firearm and places you can’t. All morning we will be talking about laws, and carrying firearm responsibilities. After lunch we’ll cover firearm maintenance, storing, concealing and shooting techniques, non lethal force, firearm safety, range safety and then we’ll go to the range to qualify with your firearm. You will shoot 10 rounds at 3,5, and 7 yards for a total of 30 rounds you must hit the target 21 out of 30 times, the furtherest you will be away from the target is 21 feet (7 yards).  LEAVE YOUR FIREARM SECURED IN YOUR VEHICLE ON THE DAY OF THE CLASS, NO FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASS ROOM.

Will I need to get anything before class to study?
No, books and information will be given to you on the day of the class, you will watch videos and listen to me most of the day.

I have never picked up a firearm, do I need to practice with one before I come to your class?

No, we will go over the correct way to hold, aim, and shoot a firearm keeping safety all ways 1st!   We had several people who have never picked up a firearm before class, after instruction from us everyone has done great. We always put safety 1st with all we do!

What about lunch and bathroom breaks?

We usually take lunch around 12 noon after we finish up with laws. We also take a bathroom break every hour so you can move around a little. You will get 1 hour for lunch on your own and there are several restaurants near by, Waffle House, Sub-Way, Wendys, McDonald's, Steak-N-Shake and some others. I will have drinks and snacks to purchases at the class.

Do I need to have a permit before I take the class?

No, you do not need a gun permit before taking this class. 

Will we still shoot if there is bad weather the day of the class?

Depending on what the situation is. If it is thundering, lighting and/or pouring rain we will not shoot and qualifying will need to be rescheduled. We will schedule a rain date and we will try and make this as convenient as we can for everyone. We can shoot individually or as a group. For example if the class is on a Saturday, if possible we will shoot on Sunday.
Be sure to dress for the weather

Do I need to have a firearm before class?
No, if you do not have a firearm you can use ours to qualify with, there is a charge for the firearm and the ammo you will use and us having to clean the firearm after wards.

I know someone who has a firearm I can use, is this ok?
Yes, thats fine if you know someone who has a firearm that will let you use it for the class. You need to let them show you how to load and unload safely and how the firearm operates. 

How do I transport my firearm to the class?
Anytime you have a firearm in the vehicle and you don’t have a CCW permit, keep the firearm in an area that is not accessible to the passenger’s compartment, with the firearm unloaded, and the action open. The state looks as to the location and the accessibility of the firearm, if it is in reach of you or the passengers you could be cited, you should keep it unloaded but the state does not care one way or the other if it is or not. Remember to keep it secure and away from others. 

What do I need the day of the class?
You will need to bring your firearm unless you are going to use ours, a box of NEW (NOT RE-LOADS) ammo that must match the caliber of your firearm, and hearing and sight protection.

I’m not sure I can get a CCW permit, how can I find out?
If your not sure you can get a conceal carry permit see the "NC Firearm laws" appendix for
disqualifying offenses. You can also apply for a pistol permit at a cost of $5.00 before you start spending a lot of money on something you can’t use. You may also want to call an attorney and meet with them if you're still not sure. If you are a
felon or have any record of violence you should contact your attorney before taking this class. 

Is there a caliber or gun restriction when qualifying for Concealed Carry?
No, however; I like smaller calibers with longer barrels, the guns do not have a lot of recoil and the person shooting usually hit what they shoot at. There is no caliber restriction, however we ask that you do not bring a single action cowboy style revolver for qualifying, this type of gun takes longer to load & unload and slows down the class. 

Why do you require people to pay for the class in advance?
When you register for a class I make a certificate in your name, this certificate has a seal and can not be reused, and not to mention the paper work it takes to register you. 

Why do you take my picture?
We take pictures of you with your target and store it, some we put on the internet but if you don't want your picture on the site just tell me or the person taking pictures, should we need proof of how you qualified, we will have it. All information about you is PRIVATE and NEVER released to anyone with out a court order or your permission!

If the class is canceled.
I try not to cancel a class if I have 6 or more, if for some reason the class was cancel due to sickness or something, the next class would be scheduled and everyone would come to that one.

What do you provide?
We provide instruction, class study materials and targets. If you need to use our firearm to qualify with it is an additional charge. 

When do I receive the certificate from you?
You will get the certificate after you have completed the class room work, taken the test, qualified with your firearm and your picture is taken. Sometimes I order certificates from the state and do not get them back until after the class, if this happens I would call you to either pick up or I will mail it to you.


How much time do I have to take the certificate to the sheriff’s dept?

North Carolina does not have a expiration date from the time you have completed the class, however is has been reported to me that at the sheriff’s association, there has been a gentleman’s agreement to limit the time period to 90 days from completion.

Why is your class so inexpensive when other classes are $175 and up?
I do not make a living teaching this class, I work full time and teach only because I love it. I am a firm believer in your rights and I feel that the more law-abiding citizens who carry a firearm responsibly will make us all a little safer (studies have proved this). The price is only to cover my overhead cost of you getting your conceal carry permit, it pays for your CCW Book, Certificate, and range time.

Is this all I need to carry a firearm?
No, you must go to the sheriff’s department of the county you live in, complete the paperwork, pay for the application, your finger prints and photo will be taken, then after about 8 weeks or so the sheriff department will call you to pick up your permit in person. DO NOT CARRY A FIREARM CONCEALED UNTIL YOU GET YOU'RE PERMIT FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT!

After I receive my CCW permit from the Sheriff's department, do I need to buy any more gun permits?

No, as long as you keep your conceal carry permit current you will not need to buy a gun permit to purchase a firearm. Also, there are no restrictions to the number of firearms you can purchase.

If I pay for the class but unable to come do I lose my money?
No, anyone who has registered and paid for a class can come anytime I have one. You can also come over and over again if you wish at no additional charge. If you let your permit expire and you need another certificate to renew your CCW then you would be required to pay for the class again. I have several people who have paid but have been unable to attend, if this should happen to you, all you need to do is call me and let me know when you're coming so I can plan a space for you. Classes are not transferable.

Can a commercial truck driver carry a firearm in his/her rig?
There is no federal law concerning commercial truck drivers and firearms. Nor have I been able to find any state law. If you have the proper Permits/License and can legally carry in the state you are driving in or that state allows the carrying of firearms without a permit you are legal. Click Here to read a letter from the Office of Hazardous Materials Standards that states firearms do not fall under hazardous materials in commercial vehicles. I have talked to several truck drivers about this and I have not heard of one trucking company that allows their drivers to carry a firearm while working, but this is a company policy and not law.  If you know of such a law, e-mail me the link so I can check it out! (I will keep looking) 

Will other states honor my conceal carry permit?

Some states do honor your permit; there are 37 states to date. Click here to see them.  

What is the CCW fee at the sheriff's dept?

$90.00 the 1st time, $85.00 to renew. Permits are good for 5 years and then they have to be renewed.
Be sure all information is the same as your driver license or ID when you go to the Sheriff Dept!

How long does it take to get the CCW back from the sheriff's dept?
By NC Law they must give you an answer with in 90 days after all material has been received, most of the time you'll get them back in about 8 weeks or less depending on how busy they are.

I have moved to NC from another state where I have a permit now, will I need to take this class to get my permit here?
Yes, North Carolina requires you to take a class so you will know what North Carolina's laws are.

If I have lost my permit do I have to notify anyone?
Yes, you must notify the sheriff's dept. You can get a notarized statement to carry with you until its time to renew.

If I move do I need to notify anyone?
Yes, you must notify the sheriff's dept within 30 days.

If I let my permit expire, will I need to take the class again?
Yes, you will need to take the class again and receive a certificate with a seal and wait for everything to come back again to get your CCW card.   It's just like going for the 1st time.

I've been in the military, do I need anything from them when I apply for the CCW? YES if you have been in the military you will need to take a DD-214 form 4 that shows your discharge status with you.

Lost Certificate!
Part of the cost of the class is for your certificate and they do cost, I have to look up your old certificate and void out the number then issue a new one, record the replacement and mail it. So unfortunately I have to charge for the certificate, sorry. You will need to complete the online loss certificate form. Once I receive your information and payment I will mail it to the address listed unless you have moved, then I will call you on the phone you gave when you took the class for security purpose and you will have to meet me in person. Click on the pay pal logo to get a new one.

I am a retired law enforcement officer, how do I get covered under the H.R. 218 law?
Under this law you will need to make an application to the justice academy, make contact with the local law enforcement agency to be certified by there firearm’s instructor. Conceal Carry instructors can not certify you. You can go thrugh the class for conceal carry but you will be restricted just like the rest of law abiding citizens of North Carolina.

How many people do you need to hold a private class?
To hold a special class you need at least 15 people, a place to teach, a safe place to shoot and all MUST be pre-approved. Please call for any schedules you may have in mind and go over class location and shooting range.

Contact information for Counties near by.
 PLEASE,   C A L L    B E F O R E    Y O U   G O !    Don't just show up!

To find the sherriff in your county click here.

Rowan County Sheriff's dept?
You need to call 704-216-8767 to make an appointment before you go to the Sheriff's dept! The address is 102 N Central Ave, Landis.
You can also download instructions on what you need to do.

Cabarrus County Sheriff's dept?

Visit the Cabarrus County Sheriff's web site on what days to apply. Click here and go to firearm information page.

Stanly County

By Appointment only M-F you need to call Kim Thompson at 704-986-3724 or e-mail her and she will be happy to help you.


Mecklenburg County Sheriff's dept?

Visit the CharMeck web site for there information here.


Davidson County Sheriff's dept?

You will need to call 336-236-3094 and make an appointment with them before you go.

Iredell County Sheriff's dept?

Visit there web site or call 704-878-3180, Applications are taken M/F 8 to 4:30.

State Survey, common questions they will ask you?

I've been ask from time to time what type of targets did I use and some other questions that is on a new state survey you will be asked to fill out when you apply for your CCW permit. Some people may wait 3 Months or more before they apply for the permit and they don't always remember everything. 1st, BE HONEST!. The state needs to hear feed back from you so they know the kind of instructors they have teaching for them.  H E R E !



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