Thinking about taking a concealed carry weapons class conducted at a local hotel?
Recently we have been receiving a number of inquiries regarding concealed carry weapon classes being conducted in rented hotel rooms. Most of which are being conducted by out-of-town vagabonds who travel the state conducting weekend classes. The classes range from 1 1/2 – 3 hours and claim to provide all the training necessary to meet the State of Florida’s minimum training requirements for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license. In most instances that claim is an absolute falsehood.
Florida law requires that anyone conducting an approved or recognized concealed carry weapons training class must witness the student “. . . . discharge of the firearm included live fire using a firearm and ammunition as defined in s. 790.001; . . . .” Florida Statute 790.06.(2)(h)7
Take your concealed carry and firearms training only from an established, local training organization. Not from a group of vagabonds, who travel the state, conducting weekend classes in rented hotel rooms.
In-Gauge of Polk County will honor a paid receipt or issued training certificate from anyone who registered for or attended a concealed carry class conducted at a hotel for a FREE In-Gauge of Polk County basic, minimum standards concealed carry class (CCW 100). Provide documentation at the time of registration for FREE class participation.
In-Gauge of Polk County’s concealed carry training is guaranteed to meet the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.
By virtue of the fact they are using a rented hotel room should be a BIG red flag. Before you register for one of their classes, call them, if they provide a phone number to call. Search their physical business address, if they have one. Or, are they operating out of a P.O. box?
Those conducting hotel concealed carry weapons classes may claim to be certified NRA instructors. Do not be misled! Official NRA firearms and concealed carry classes are never taught in rented hotel rooms or at gun shows.
Those conducting hotel concealed carry weapons classes may even claim to provide fingerprinting services that will be recognized by the Florida Department of Agriculture when applying for you license. Another falsehood.
Recognized and accepted fingerprinting must be digitally performed by either a law enforcement agency, an approved county tax collector’s office or a Florida Dept. of Agriculture concealed carry weapons processing center . . . Florida Statute 790.06.(5)(c).
If the concealed carry weapons license class conducted in a rented hotel room does not include a trip the the range and involve the firing of a firearm using live ammunition, the training is not valid for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license.
Laser guns, airsoft guns or simulated firing does not qualify as “live-fire” and is not recognized by the State of Florida.
If you take a concealed carry weapons license class that does not include firing live ammunition from a real firearm, you risk losing your license processing and application fee and having your licensed revoked, if it is discovered after issuance.
Revoked licenses: Florida instructor faces trial in gun-licensing scam
Florida instructor faces trial in gun-licensing scam . . . https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-gun-license-scam-busted-orlando-20150205-story.html