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Victims Don’t Need to Die Waiting for Help to Arrive

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured.

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured

By: Rebecca Petit – ABC Action News-Tampa Bay May 19, 2022

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — On the heels of yet another mass shooting, this time in Buffalo, N.Y., there’s a nationwide push to teach people how to “Stop the Bleed.”

Training courses took place all day Thursday as part of National Stop the Bleed Day.

You don’t have to be an EMT or a medical professional to save someone’s life who is bleeding severely. The “Stop the Bleed” course teaches how to recognize a life-threatening bleed and intervene effectively.

“A lot of craziness is going on in the world and I just like to be prepared for my family and friends,” Aaron Travers said.

After many shootings and crashes witnesses are on the scene before first responders get there. A bystander may be the one who’s most likely to save a bleeding victims their life.

Travers drove from Osceola County to Polk County to take the lifesaving course.

“Everybody should know because the more people that do know the less opportunity for loss of life,” he said.

Robert Dummett hosts these free “Stop the Bleed” training classes. He’s the chief training officer and executive director at In-Gauge of Polk County, a non-profit organization focused on firearms safety.

“An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes,” Dummett said.

Data shows the average emergency response time for the arrival of EMS personnel to an emergency scene is seven minutes.

Dummett said learning simple techniques can improve a bleeding victims’ chances of survival.

“Packing the wound and direct pressure on the wound and if that’s not sufficient to stop the blood loss, then we want to apply a tourniquet,” Dummett said. “We’re going to tighten this until all blood flow stops. I equate it to turning off a faucet for a garden hose.”

The goal is to get more people trained in the “Stop the Bleed” program, similar to the popularity of CPR training.

“The American college of surgeons created this stop the bleed course in the wake of the sandy hook tragedy years ago,” Lakeland Regional Health trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Gaugler said. “However, it’s not just these national tragedies that make the news where people have the opportunities to save lives.”

Dr. Gaugler said Lakeland Regional Health has trained 506 people this year using “Stop the Bleed” kits. He said there’s also a federal push to make the kits more widely available.

“If you walk through any public building, an airport, a post office, a shopping mall, you’ll see along the walls there are signs for AED’s which are a life saving device used for cardiac arrest and CPR,” Gaugler said. “I think the perfect location for a bleeding control kit would be in the location of any of those devices.”

Empowering everyday people to provide life-saving care, until emergency personnel arrives.

You can order a your own “Stop the Bleed” kit online. Stop the Bleed Month is held each May. To find more information, including where to find a ‘Stop the Bleed’ course near you, click here.

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Trauma Kit Donated to Saddle Creek Gun Range

In recognition of National STOP THE BLEED Month

https://www.polk-county.net/news/news-details/2022/05/16/trauma-kit-donated-to-saddle-creek-gun-range

Bartow, Fla. (May 16, 2022) — If an unfortunate accident happens at the Saddle Creek Gun Range, Polk County’s Parks and Recreation staff will be ready thanks to the donation of a trauma kit from In-Gauge of Polk County.

In a small ceremony Monday, Polk County Commissioners Bill Braswell and Rick Wilson accepted the donation from the local group. The kit includes bandages and supplies to treat gunshot wounds until more advanced medical help arrives.

“I’d like to think in the back of my mind it’s never going to be used but it’s a great thing to have if you do need it,” Braswell said during the ceremony.

The donation from In-Gauge is in recognition of National Stop-the-Bleed Month. National Stop-the-Bleed Month aims to educate the public on the basic skills needed to control bleeding from accidents to save lives.

Robert Dummett, instructor with In-Gauge, says, “An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes.” Dummett says anybody can use the techniques and supplies in this trauma kit to help stop bleeding and possibly save someone’s life.

For more information about Stop-the-Bleed Month visit www.stopthebleed.org.

Saddle Creek Gun Range is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information about Polk County Parks & Recreation’s gun range, call Daniel Gornoski at (863) 499-2613, or visit www.polk-county.net.

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Another Class of Trained Public Guardians Graduated

Our graduates are trained to engage an armed assailant and survive to go home and have dinner with their families.

Saturday we graduated another class of advanced, concealed carry guardians.  They did not complete just another “concealed carry’ class, like those conducted at gun shows, gun shops or in rented hotel rooms. They completed over 15 hours of advanced, tactical, handgun training.  You read that correctly, over 15 hours.

These advanced, trained graduates will have your back while you are shopping, fueling your vehicle or attending church services.Rest assured, there are trained people out there carrying concealed firearms among you.  They may be far and few between, but they are there. 

We make every effort to train as many people as possible.  But, we can only train those who register to be qualified to carry a deadly weapon in public.

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a concealed carry license.  We only want to train those who are serious about learning how to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Others conduct classes to qualify people to apply for a concealed carry license. We conduct classes to not only to qualify people to apply for a concealed carrry license, we qualify people to carry a deadly weapon in public.

If your concealed carry class did not look like the photos above, you may want to contact us for real, concealed carry, firearms training.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.


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Free STOP THE BLEED training clinics start May 2nd

Celebrating National STOP THE BLEED Month, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE, open to the public, Stop The Bleed training clinics throughout the month of May, beginning May 2nd.

How it works:

  • Simply complete the FREE, 20 minute, Stop The Bleed online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Then schedule your FREE Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment session
  • Show up for your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring with you your completed Phase 1 printed quiz results from your online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Complete the Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment and receive your official Stop The Bleed certificate of training.

Skills training and assessment clinic location . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County, 3812 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven, Florida

Training is appropriate for those 12 years of age and older. For complete training course information go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-the-bleed-emergency-blood-loss-tourniquet-training-tickets-305852171077

Additional information:

You are encouraged to schedule your skills taining and assessment appointment as soon as possible, as this is only a one day opportunity and appointment times are expected to book quickly.

You can take and complete the online, ‘Interactive Trainingat your convenience, any time prior to your scheduled skills training and assessment appointment.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 National Stop The Bleed training month.

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May 2022 – National STOP THE BLEED Month

In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE official Stop The Bleed training clinics throughout the month of May.

Celebrating National STOP THE BLEED Month and National STOP THE BLEED Day, May 19th, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting FREE, open to the public, Stop The Bleed training clinics May 19th.

How it works:

  • Simply complete the FREE Stop The Bleed online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Then schedule your FREE Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment session
  • Show up for your scheduled appointment Thursday, May 19th
  • Bring with you your completed Phase 1 printed quize results from your online ‘Interactive Training‘ class
  • Complete the Phase 2, in-person, skills training and assessment and receive your official Stop The Bleed certificate of training.

Skills training and assessment clinic location . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County, 3812 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven, Florida

Training is appropriate for those 12 years of age and older. For complete training course information go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-the-bleed-emergency-blood-loss-tourniquet-training-tickets-305030914677

Additional information:

You are encouraged to schedule your skills taining and assessment appointment as soon as possible, as this is only a one day opportunity and appointment times are expected to book quickly.

You can take and complete the online, ‘Interactive Trainingat your convenience, any time prior to your scheduled skills training and assessment appointment.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 National Stop The Bleed training month.

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‘Constitutional Carry’ in Florida – Maybe it’s not such a good idea

Bear in mind, all those shown below were law abiding citizens, some very prominent citizens, until they performed the act they did.

February 14, 2022 – Orange County, Florida: Deputies arrest Emanuel Dandre Bullard after four reports of road rage incidents involving shots fired since Dec. 27th.

Eric Popper, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, fired nearly a dozen shots in what was reported as a road dispute. The shooter told the Florida Highway Patrol that he fired because he thought the other driver had a gun.

There appears to be no shortage of such incidents . . .

Stupidity is not limited to men. Women get into the act also . . . .

Woman pulls gun and waves it around in traffic following minor fender bender

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THE GREAT FLORIDA BLOOD SHORTAGE – Florida is experiencing its worst blood shortage in over a decade

Give Blood – Get A Free Class

In-Gauge of Polk County is doing its part to help ease the blood shortage in central Florida and we ask you to do yours. In-Gauge of Polk County is offering a FREE official, Florida, concealed carry license qualification class to anyone donating blood during the month of February, 2022.

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now What?

Ours is more than a concealed carry class. In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training

If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $50.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

The fully illustrated, official NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training manual available for purchase in every basic Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training class.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer – One That Could Save Someone’s Life

Ours it more than a ‘concealed carry’ class. We train people to defend there life and the lives of their loved ones.

There is still time to get a hard copy of one of these for Christmas. Just go to: EVENTBRITE Gift Certificate and choose the amount or type class you want to purchase. All gift certificates are good through December 2022.

In-Gauge of Polk County has gift certificates available for ALL concealed carry, firearms and self-defense training classes.

These gift certificates are the perfect gift for the person in your life who has recently purchased or received a new firearm and has yet to receive formal training. Not just took a “concealed carry class”, but has yet to be trained in the use, handling and shooting a firearm.
ALL our firearms training classes qualify the participant for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

Gift certificates can be purchased for individual classes or training packages. Purchases can be conveniently made through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gift-certificates-available-concealed-carry-firearm-training-classes-tickets-210601263047 or on our website using PayPal.

In-Gauge of Polk County 2021 gift certificates available.

In-Gauge of Polk County has been conducting incomparable concealed carry classes, in Polk County, for over 7 years. During such time, we have trained over 6,000 law abiding citizens how to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We receive numerous word-of-mouth referrals, with students traveling from as far north as Atlanta, Georgia and as far south as Fort Lauderdale and Naples to attend our classes.

Although our basic, 5-hour concealed carry training class (CCW 101), is head and shoulders above and beyond any other ‘concealed carry’ class conducted locally and far exceeds the minimum standard for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we consider it a basic, orientation, self-defense, training class.

Ask that same agency or any gun shop concealed carry class provider if they train you in:

  • drawing from a holster or a pocketbook,
  • the various methods of carrying a concealed firearm,
  • the clearing of firearm malfunctions and jams,
  • the utilization of cover and concealment or
  • the tactical use of a shotgun for home defense.

In-Gauge of Polk County, an official NRA firearms training provider does!

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County by phone at:
863-206-1996
By email at: in-gauge@ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

Gift certificates can be purchased for individual classes or training packages. Purchases can be conveniently made through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gift-certificates-available-concealed-carry-firearm-training-classes-tickets-129877451955 or on our website using PayPal.

A full list of firearm and self-defense classes can be found on our website at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/course-titles/

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LAKELAND HOMEOWNER SHOOTS INTRUDER – Receives Praise from Sheriff Grady Judd

“I’m proud of our homeowner for defending himself,”

“I’m proud of our homeowner for defending himself,” Judd added. “It’s called a ‘Castle Doctrine.’ He has the right to protect himself and his home from unknown intruders.”

“He had a gun, he knew how to use it, it was loaded, and he shot him a lot,” Judd said. “He gave him an early Christmas present. Only Santa Claus gets to come in your house — and Santa Claus is invited.”

According to police, the homeowner says an intruder tossed a flower pot through the glass French doors of the home in an attempt to gain entry from the back porch. The homeowner then shot the intruder three times.

Police arrived on the scene and found 42-year-old Steven Stillwell shot on the living room floor. Stillwell was rushed to the hospital and was in critical, but stable condition.

A shotgun belonging to Stillwell was found laying on the ground in the backyard of the home.

According to PCSO, the suspect has an extensive arrest history, with 14 felonies and five misdemeanors, including multiple burglaries and larcenies, DUI, drug possession, dealing in stolen property, fraud, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon. He also has 11 re-arrest charges, with multiple violations of probation.

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Are you prepared for a repeat of ‘The Summer of 2020’?

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a Florida concealed carry license. We only want to train those who are serious about defending their life with a firearm and want to know how to do so correctly.

If you only want the minimum required class for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we suggest you to take a gun shop class or one of those conducted in a rented hotel room.

If you only want the minimum required class for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we suggest you to take a gun shop class or one of those conducted in a rented hotel room.

If you want to learn how to safely and correctly use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, in public or at home, then contact us for participation in either our basic or advanced concealed carry handgun or defensive shotgun classes. All our firearm training classes meet or exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Considering A Concealed Carry Class?

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a Florida concealed carry license. We only want to train those who are serious about defending their life and want to know how to do so correctly.

If you only want the minimum required class for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we suggest you to take a gun shop class or one of those conducted in a rented hotel room.

If you only want the minimum required class for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we suggest you to take a gun shop class or one of those conducted in a rented hotel room.

If you want to learn how to safely and correctly use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, in public or at home, then contact us for participation in either our basic or advanced concealed carry handgun or defensive shotgun classes. All our firearm training classes meet or exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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CONCEALED CARRY CLASS – FREE – Women Only

  • Date: Sunday, October 10th
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: GANDER RV & OUTDOORS, Bartow/Winter Haven
  • Pre-registration is required
  • No walk-ins will be allowed
  • Women attend FREE

Women attend FREE.

This an official Florida concealed carry license qualification class. Nothing has been cut or abbreviated.

This class includes a real range, live-fire session.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at: 863-206-1996.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.

If you want to learn how to safely and correctly use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, in public or at home, then contact us for participation in either our basic or advanced concealed carry handgun or defensive shotgun classes. All our firearm training classes meet or exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.

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Biden withdraws David Chipman’s nomination to head ATF

Chipman faced widespread opposition from Senate Republicans, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling his gun policy views “extreme” and saying he is “unsuited enough” for the role.

https://www.axios.com/biden-withdraw-david-chipman-nomination-atf-guns-9605d8a6-318d-4ea4-8270-fca142c2f029.html

The Biden administration will withdraw the nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after bipartisan pushback, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: President Biden nominated Chipman, a gun control advocate, in April to head the agency, which has not had a permanent director since 2015 and is considered a force within the federal government to combat gun violence.

  • Chipman has served as a senior policy adviser at Giffords, a group led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that advocates for stricter gun laws.
  • He previously worked for the ATF as a special agent for two decades.

State of play: Some Democratic senators, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), have said they remain undecided on the nomination. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) told the Biden administration that he was not supportive.

  • Chipman faced widespread opposition from Senate Republicans, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling his gun policy views “extreme” and saying he is “unsuited enough” for the role.
  • The White House did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
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A true CONCEALED CARRY CLASS – One that teaches you to use a handgun

We do not want to train everyone who wants a Florida concealed carry license. We only want to train those who are serious about defending their life with a firearm and want to know how to do so correctly.

If you only want the minimum required class for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we encourage you to take a class conducted at a local hotel or a gun show.

If you want to learn how to safely and correctly use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, in public or at home, then contact us for participation in either our basic or advanced concealed carry handgun or defensive shotgun classes. All our firearm training classes meet or exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for concealed carry and handgun training.
If you want to learn how to carry and use a handgun to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones, enroll in one of our either basic or advanced handgun training classes.

Our next available, comprehensive, 5-hour Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $75.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 863-206-1996.

The fully illustrated, official NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting training manual available for purchase in every basic Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training class.

In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.

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Supreme Court: Police Cannot Search Homes Without Warrants in the Name of ‘Community Caretaking’

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an exception to the Fourth Amendment for “community caretaking” does not allow police to enter and search a home without a warrant.

SCOTUS Rules Police Cannot Search Homes Without Warrants in the Name of ‘Community Caretaking’

MAY 17, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that an exception to the Fourth Amendment for “community caretaking” does not allow police to enter and search a home without a warrant.

The “community caretaking” exception originated from a 1973 case, Cady v. Dombrowski, in which an officer took a gun out of an impounded car without a warrant. The Supreme Court ruled at the time that police can conduct such warrantless searches if they are performing “community caretaking functions” in a “reasonable” manner.

Monday’s ruling, in the case Caniglia v. Strom, centered on whether that exception also justifies warrantless searches of homes. In a 9-0 ruling, the court decided that it does not.

While Cady recognized that police perform “many civil tasks” in modern society, the “recognition that these tasks exist” is not “an open-ended license to perform them anywhere,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion. “The Fourth Amendment protects ‘[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,’” he continued.

(As Justice Samuel Alito noted in his concurrence, Monday’s ruling does not apply to another Fourth Amendment exception known as the “exigent circumstances” exception, which allows police to enter homes without a warrant to help “an injured occupant or to protect an occupant from imminent injury.’”)

“Perhaps not coincidentally, the Court’s unanimous ruling comes at a time of national debate over whether we should dial back the scope of police activities and only use them for actual law-enforcement purposes,” said Clark Neily, senior vice president for criminal justice at the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, which had filed a brief urging the court to agreed with Caniglia. “This represents a welcome, albeit unusual, refusal on the justices’ part to give the government greater leeway in conducting warrantless searches of people’s homes and personal effects.”

The suit was filed by a Rhode Island man, Edward Caniglia, after police officers searched his home and seized two handguns without a warrant in 2015. During an argument with his wife, Caniglia had placed a handgun on the dining room table and asked her to “shoot [him] and get it over with.” His wife left and spent the night elsewhere, and after not being able to reach him the next day, called the police. The police found Caniglia on his porch; he denied he was suicidal but agreed to go to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation “on the condition that the officers would not confiscate his firearms,” according to Monday’s opinion.

The police did so anyway after he left.

Caniglia later sued the officers, arguing that the search and seizure violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The officers argued that their actions were legal because they believed Caniglia was suicidal. The District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the police, ruling that the search counted as “community caretaking”—and that Cady had extended to both cars and homes.

A nonpartisan coalition of civil liberty advocates had worried that a similar Supreme Court ruling could have created a potentially dangerous precedent. The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Conservative Union Foundation had joined the Cato Institute to file a joint brief urging the court to keep the community caretaking exception “confined to its historic vehicle-related origins” and reject a broader standard that “would give police free rein to enter the home without probable cause or a warrant.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court did just that, ruling that neither “the holding nor logic” of Cady justified the police’s actions.

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FLORIDA – Bill allowing guns in churches heads to Governor for signature

Senator Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota: “The bill closes a “loophole.”

LAWMAKERS GIVE BOOST TO GUNS AT CHURCH

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal that would let people with concealed-weapons licenses pack heat at churches or other religious institutions that share properties with schools is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday voted 24-16 along party lines to give final approval to the measure (HB 259), which passed the House last month. DeSantis’ office did not immediately reply to a question about whether the governor will sign the bill.

Florida law generally allows people to carry concealed weapons at churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions, but it bars being armed on school properties. That leads to people being prevented from carrying guns on properties shared by religious institutions and schools.

Senate sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, said the bill closes a “loophole.”

“This is about safety,” Gruters said. “We saw what happened in Texas when a church, unfortunately, was the target. Six seconds it took them to secure that location. This gives schools the needed safety they need. It gives churches the additional security that they need. This gives the property owners the ultimate responsibility to make the decision that’s best for them.”

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Open Letter To NRA Members – From Wayne LaPierre

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s largest and oldest civil rights organization.

Regarding the NRA’s reorganization and move to Texas.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Dear NRA Members & Supporters:

Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term and ensures our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.

The plan can be summed up quite simply: We are DUMPING New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas.

To facilitate the strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. As you may know, chapter 11 proceedings are often utilized by businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs.

Under the plan, the NRA will continue what we’ve always done – confronting anti-gun, anti-self-defense and anti-hunting activities and promoting constitutional advocacy that helps law-abiding Americans. Our work will continue as it always has. No major changes are expected to the NRA’s operations or workforce.

Importantly, our plans do not impact your membership at any level.

NRA supporters will continue to enjoy all their full member benefits – from new members to Life Members to Benefactor Members. We will continue to publish and deliver your magazines. We will continue to train Americans and teach them firearm safety. We will continue to teach hunter safety. But most importantly, we will continue to fight for your freedom and the freedom of all Americans – as we have for all these years. In fact, we are expanding our national platform.

The plan aims to streamline costs and expenses, proceed with pending litigation in a coordinated and structured manner, and realize many financial and strategic advantages.

You know that our opponents will try to seize upon this news and distort the truth. Don’t believe what you read from our enemies. The NRA is not “bankrupt” or “going out of business.” The NRA is not insolvent. We are as financially strong as we have been in years.

But they know today’s announcement makes us bigger, stronger and more prepared for the fight for freedom.

We are leaving the state of an attorney general who, just a few months ago, vowed to put us out of business through an abuse of legal and regulatory power. In fact, the gross overreach of the New York Attorney General and New York Governor has been resoundingly criticized by powerful national groups like the ACLU and a host of prominent legal scholars.

Subject to court approval, the NRA is pursuing plans to reincorporate in the State of Texas. The Lone Star State is home to more than 400,000 NRA Members and the site of our 2021 Annual Meeting being held in Houston.

Texas values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and joins us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom.

Under this plan, we seek protection from New York officials who illegally abused and weaponized the powers they wield against the NRA and its members. You can be assured the Association will continue the fight to protect your interests in New York – and all forums where the NRA is unlawfully singled out for its Second Amendment advocacy.

This plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress.

This is the most transformational moment in the history of the NRA. And it involves all of you.

The NRA will continue to promote its Second Amendment advocacy, sponsor firearms training, and work with its network of instructors and volunteers in furtherance of its mission. This plan actually streamlines all of the NRA’s activities and improves our operational processes.

I know we have welcomed many of you to our headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. We have no immediate plans to relocate, but we are forming a special committee to explore our strategic options in this regard. We want to determine if there are advantages to relocating our HQ operations to another state. I have asked our leadership team to explore all options that benefit the NRA and its members.

What’s most important is leading the fight for Second Amendment freedom and serving our members. We will do that from anywhere that works best for you and for our cause.

All membership dues and financial donations will be fully dedicated to supporting our operations and public advocacy. This plan actually improves our business. It protects us from costly, distracting and unprincipled attacks from anti-2A politicians aimed at attacking the NRA because we are a potent political force. We know that the gun ban lobby will never stop – fueled by a hatred of your freedoms and by wealthy benefactors. Our plan is the best way to confront them.

We are now prepared for a better future. In fact, to me, it feels like the dawn of a new day.

We are revitalized, well-positioned, and steadfast in our commitment to fight for you. To learn more, please visit http://www.nra.org/forward.

Thank you for your unwavering spirit and being part of the NRA’s future. Both hold incredible promise for our country – and the freedoms in which it believes.

Wayne LaPierre
Wayne LaPierre

There maybe other gun organizations, but there is only one organization that defends your Second Amendment right both locally and nationally.

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County directly for CLUB membership information and benefits at: ingaugeofpolkcounty@gmail.com

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See special ‘Distinguished Life Member‘ offer below for those 65 years of age and older.

If you do not want the monthly magazine, we can sign you up for as little as $10 for a one year NRA membership.

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5 year official NRA membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication

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CONCEAL CARRY CLASS : End of Winter Special – $25

The material presented in this class is unmatched anywhere locally. Guaranteed.

Concealed Carry Class- Minimum Standards Sunday, February 28, 2021

Cost $25 per person – This class only

We have received calls from people wanting to know what makes this class a “minimum standards” class and how does it differ from a class conducted at a gun show, gun shop or a rented hotel room.

The answer is:

  • Our 3 hour ‘minimum standards‘ class is more comprehensive, covering more relevant material and up-to-date current events.
  • Our classes are both informative and entertaining
  • Our are classes are small and interactive
  • You will neither be bored or fall asleep in one of our classes.
  • We use modern, up-to-date audio-visual equipment
  • This class fulfills the training requirement for applying for a Sate of Florida concealed carry license.
  • Although this class includes the firing of a real, defensive caliber handgun, it does not include handgun training. That is what makes it minimum standards‘.

Online registration and prepayment is required.

You will leave this class with an awareness of the use of a firearm for self-defense and the defense of the lives of your loved ones that you never had.  You will be presented with material you never knew existed.  The material presented in this class is unmatched anywhere locallyGuaranteed.

Do not settle for a ‘concealed carry class’ taught in a rented hotel room, where you fire one shot from a mocked-up handgun, using a paint cartridge into a paper target taped to a wall.

Topics covered:
• Florida law pertaining to carrying a concealed carry weapon
• Gun safety and the fundamentals of handgun handling
• Self-Defense strategies
• What guns to purchase for concealed carry and self-defense
• Applying for and maintaining your Florida concealed carry license
• Live-fire proficiency demonstration and evaluation

Following the classroom session, the student will live-fire a handgun for safety and proficiency evaluation, as required by State law, for certification.

This is our most basic concealed carry class. The class includes all the subject material and training required for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry license and includes live-fire, firearm proficiency evaluation.  This is not a firearms training class.

All equipment and materials provided

  • Firearm
  • Ammunition
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Printed course materials

Class Time

All class participation information will be provided at the time of paid registration.

Cost: $25 per person – Online registration and prepayment is required.
For class registration and information go to:

1:00 PM – GANDER OUTDOORS Eventbrite

For pistol/handgun training, we recommend our:
  • Concealed Carry Qualification Firearms Training Class – CCW 101 (5 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (12 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Defensive Pistol Course (10 hours) an advanced concealed carry class  

The above listed courses exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

Do not settle for a ‘concealed carry class’ taught in a hotel room, where you fire one shot from a mocked-up handgun, using a paint cartridge into a paper target taped to a wall.

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Having A Concealed Carry License Is of No Benefit . . .

Possessing a concealed carry license provides you no benefit if you do not know how to safely carry and use a handgun.

Having a concealed carry license does you no good if you do not know how to safely carry and use a handgun.

As a matter of fact, carrying a gun and not being trained how to use it can get you very seriously hurt or worse.

Pastor Shot, Killed With His Own Gun
Starrville, Texas – Jan. 03, 2021
Pastor McWilliams, the church’s 62-year-old pastor opened the door to a bathroom and found Woolen, the suspect, hiding inside.
A scuffle ensued, and McWilliams drew a handgun, the sheriff said. Smith said McWilliams told Woolen to lie on the floor.
“The pastor got distracted and Woolen (the suspect) lunged at him. The suspect was able to get the firearm out of the pastor’s hands and shot him.
Woolen shot and killed the pastor, shot at his wife but missed and shot a third person who had non life-threatening injuries.
Sheriff Smith said the other church member who was shot was also armed, but he never got a shot off at the suspect.

Things you should know before taking a concealed carry class:

  • Not all concealed carry classes are alike
  • There is no standardized concealed carry class curriculum
  • In Florida, anyone can teach anything and call it a ‘concealed carry class’
  • Typically, ‘concealed carry classes’ do not provide any gun training.

Some things you should know about firearms and firearms training in Florida:

A concealed carry license is not required to:

* take a firearms training class

* purchase a firearm

* own a firearm

* legally transport a firearm

You should not put off receiving firearm safety training and the training to use a gun because you do not have a concealed carry license.

In reality, you should get trained in the use of a firearm before you purchase a gun and apply for a concealed carry license.

If the class you are considering does not state that it is an NRA firearms training class, it is not an official NRA training class.

We have all the necessary equipment and supplies necessary for complete self-defense, firearms training. Shortages being experienced elsewhere have not affected our training. Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from our training classes.

See our class schedule and register for a class at: REGISTER FOR A CLASS

All our firearms training classes involve the use of true defensive caliber guns. We never use youth training guns in our firearms training classes.

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer – For the new shooter in your life

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

In-Gauge of Polk County has gift certificates available for ALL firearms, concealed carry and self-defense training classes.

These gift certificates are the perfect gift for the person in your life who is hard to shop for, who has recently purchased or received a new firearm and has yet to receive formal training.
ALL our firearms training classes qualify the student for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.
The class title does NOT have to state “concealed carry class”.

Gift certificates are available for as little as $35, for our 3 hour, minimum standards concealed carry class.

In-Gauge of Polk County has been conducting incomparable concealed carry classes, in Polk County, for over 6 years. During such time, we have trained over 5,000 law abiding citizens how to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We receive numerous word-of-mouth referrals, with students traveling from as far north as Atlanta, Georgia and as far south as Fort Lauderdale and Naples to attend our classes.

In-Gauge of Polk County is represented at more retail sporting goods stores than any other forearms training group in central Florida.

However, we have not done a good job in getting the word out that we conduct more than basic ‘concealed carry’ classes.

Although our basic, 5-hour concealed carry training class (CCW 101), is head and shoulders above and beyond any other ‘concealed carry’ class conducted locally and far exceeds the minimum standard for applying for a Florida concealed carry license, we consider it a basic, orientation, self-defense, training class.

Ask that same agency or any gun shop concealed carry class provider if they train you in:

  • drawing from a holster or a pocketbook,
  • the various methods of carrying a concealed firearm,
  • the clearing of firearm malfunctions and jams,
  • the utilization of cover and concealment or
  • the tactical use of a shotgun for home defense.

In-Gauge of Polk County, an official NRA firearms training provider does.

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County by phone at:
863-206-1996
By email at: gift.cert.ingauge@gmail.com

Gift certificates can be purchased for individual classes or training packages. Purchases can be conveniently made through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gift-certificates-available-concealed-carry-firearm-training-classes-tickets-129877451955 or on our website using PayPal.

A full list of firearm and self-defense classes can be found on our website at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/course-titles/

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class, Now What?

Your training does not end with taking a concealed carry class. It begins.

If your concealed carry class did not look like this, you did not take a true concealed carry class . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County’s ‘Active Shooter’ Defense – Live-fire range training.

We recently graduated another class of ‘active shooter’ defenders. These people will have your back while you are shopping, filling your gas tank or attending church services and you will never know they are there. They have been trained to carry a deadly weapon in public.

This group completed 15 hours of ‘active shooter’ defense training that included: situational awareness, mental preparedness, the drawing from a holster, advanced live-fire handgun training, that included the use of cover and concealment, moving, shooting, reloading, moving between cover and concealment, managing firearm malfunctions, while engaging single and multiple assailants and Stop The Bleed emergency wound care training.

Regardless if you have already taken a concealed carry class or you have a Florida concealed carry license, contact us for official NRA firearms training that will prepare you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

If you haven’t yet taken a concealed carry class or have little to no training, we can take you from the novice, beginner shooter to the advanced level in shorter time than you think. Firearms training is all we do and we are good at it.

There is no substitute for official . . . .

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Concealed Carry Class Do-over – 1/2 price offer

You took a concealed carry class, now what?

Special offer: $30

Did you or someone you know take a concealed carry class and find it less than expected?

  • Did you find it lacking?
  • Did you discover it did not include any handgun training?
  • Was it more of an insurance sales seminar than a concealed carry training class?
  • Did you leave feeling disappointed?
  • Did you only fire 5 shots at a paper target or 1 round into a PVC pipe? Maybe it was one paint cartridge fired at paper target taped to a hotel room wall.

In-Gauge of Polk County is offering our 5-hour, handgun training class (CCW 101) for half-price to anyone who has taken a “concealed carry class” elsewhere, i.e., gun shop, gun show or hotel, and found it lacking. The regular cost of this class is $60.

Special offer cost: $30

This offer is good for our 5-hour, handgun training class (CCW 101) during the month January 2021 only.

This class includes, but is not limited to:

  • Handgun characteristics
  • Purchasing considerations
  • The defensive handgun
  • Ammunition selection: standard, self-defense, target, jacketed hollow point
  • Handgun handling, shooting and range operations
  • Hands-on, handgun handling and familiarization
  • One hour, instructor led, one-on-one, shooting instruction
  • The firing of a minimum of 50 rounds ammunition using a defensive caliber handgun. (We do not use .22 caliber, youth training guns.)

Terms and Conditions: The participant . . .

  • Must provide a copy of his or her prior training certificate
  • May use his or her own handgun and ammunition
  • May us one of our handguns and ammunition

We are routinely asked why we make this offer and why should a person take another class, after they already sat through concealed carry class. The answer is a simple:

  • Not all concealed carry classes are alike. Regrettably, there is no State standard for concealed carry weapons license training.
  • Most concealed carry classes are merely ‘certificate mills’.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is an official NRA chartered and registered non-profit organization.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is dedicated to firearms safety and firearms training.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County’s mission is to train and prepare you to save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • All of In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training classes meet and exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons’ license.

When taking advantage of this offer, please have a digital (pdf or jpg) copy of your issued training certificate available for submission. If you are unable to submit a digital copy, you will be charged the regular $60 class registration fee until you submit a hard copy the day of the class.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms and concealed carry training. Training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones

  • We do NOT sell guns. 
  • We do NOT sell ammunition. 
  • We do NOT sell firearm accessories. 
  • We so NOT sell insurance.

In-Gauge of Polk County is the only Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

For a complete class schedule, class descriptions and registration information, visit our website at: Register for a Class https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more retail locations in Polk County.

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can call us at: 863-206-1996

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Concealed Carry Class : Weekend afternoons at Gander Outdoors – Bartow

Gift certificates are available for all training classes.

Cost: $30 All materials provided.

No other training or class is required in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry weapons / firearms license.

Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from this class. Range, live-fire, hands-on, handgun performance evaluation included as part of this class.

Our current November and December class schedule can be seen at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training.  In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class. Now what?

Taking a concealed carry class and getting a license is not the end of your training. It is the beginning.

So, you took a concealed carry class.

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

  • Don’t settle for 20 – 30 minutes of “I’ll show you how to do that” training at some gun shop, by an employee whose job is selling guns.
  • Don’t rely on that neighbor down the street who will show you how he does it.
  • Don’t depend on the uncle who owns a couple guns and will take you to the range to show you how to do it.

Get official NRA firearms training that is recognized as the ‘standard‘ worldwide.

NRA firearms training teaches you more than just how to pull a trigger.

NRA basic handgun training teaches you:

  • How to correctly hold, handle and shoot your gun.
  • How to correctly load and unload your gun.
  • How to acquire a sight picture and correct sight alignment.
  • How to correctly manage and correct firearm and ammunition malfunctions.
  • How to correctly clean and store your gun.

NRA advanced handgun training teaches you:

  • How to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • How to correctly draw, present and fire your firearm in defense of your life.
  • How to correctly draw while wearing a cover garment.
  • How to correctly draw from a concealed carry purse or pocketbook.
  • How to engage single and multiple assailants.
  • How to use cover and concealment.
  • How to correctly move between cover and concealment.
  • How to fire and engage an assailant utilizing cover and concealment.
  • How to manage firearm and ammunition malfunctions while engaging an assailant.

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Florida Concealed Carry License Processing Within 3 days

Our class graduates are having their license applications processed in as few as 5 days.

There is no need to wait for a January appointment date to process your concealed carry license application.

Graduates of our classes can have their license applications processed within 3 business days. Many are scheduling appointments in as few as 24 – 48 hours. Processing includes fingerprinting, photograph and submission to the Tallahassee.

This process is available only to our concealed carry class and firearm training graduates.

For our complete class schedule and to register for a class, please go to: Register for a Class

There is only one Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

When you conduct more concealed carry classes and graduate more students than nearly all other ‘concealed carry’ class providers combined, attempts are made to copy your process. Attempts are even made to copy class materials. But, our instructional quality and dynamic content development can never be duplicated. Not all ‘concealed carry’ classes are the same.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms training. 

  • We do not sell guns. 
  • We do not sell ammunition. 
  • We do not sell firearm accessories. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more locations in Polk County.

We encourage you to call around and check with local gun shops or other concealed carry class providers. Check their class cost. Check their class content. Check their on-range, live-fire time.

  • [ _ ] Check their total class cost
  • [ _ ] Check their class content
  • [ _ ] Check their on-range, live-fire time. How many rounds do you fire?
  • [ _ ] Check their credentials
  • [ _ ] Check their hidden costs
  • Ask them if they can provide you with a nationally recognized firearms training certificate.
  • Ask if they offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee

After you get your answers, call us and compare ours.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can always reach us at: 863-206-1996

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FREE CONCEALED CARRY CLASS OFFER – For those who registered to attend a ‘hotel conducted’ CCW class.

In-Gauge of Polk County will accept a paid receipt for a ‘hotel conducted’ concealed carry class for FREE admission to our 3-hour, REAL concealed carry class.

We will honor all registration receipts from those who enrolled in a ‘hotel conducted’ concealed carry class.

Did you or someone you know register for one of those concealed carry classes conducted at a local hotel?

  • Are you questioning how a concealed carry class conducted in a rented hotel room can be legitimate?
  • Are you questioning how a concealed carry class that does not involve or include any hands-on gun training can qualify you for a Florida concealed carry license?
  • Are you questioning how a firing ONE paint cartridge at a paper target taped to a hotel room wall can qualify you for a license to carry a deadly weapon in public?
  • Are you now experiencing buyer remorse?

In-Gauge of Polk County will recognize and accept a paid receipt for a ‘hotel conducted’ concealed carry class for FREE, complimentary, admission to our 3-hour, REAL concealed carry class Saturday, October 10th.

Without a paid receipt, the cost of our Saturday, October 10th class is $35, total. There are no hidden costs. The regular cost of this class is $50. All materials and equipment will be provided.

You will leave this class with a portfolio of printed material containing information on:

  • the Florida State Statutes pertaining to firearms and carrying a concealed weapon,
  • Florida law pertaining to the use of a firearm for defense of your life and the lives of your loved ones
  • the transportation of a firearm with and without a license
  • complete information on how and where to apply for a Florida concealed carry license

This is a real concealed carry licensing class. It is NOT an insurance sales seminar. No content has be cut or abbreviated.

This offer is for our Concealed Carry Minimum Standards License Qualification Class – CCW 100. Saturday, October 10th only. Times: 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM

There are no strings attached. This offer is exactly what you see.

We are routinely asked why we offer FREE concealed carry classes and why should a person take our concealed carry class opposed to one conducted elsewhere. The answer is a simple:

  • Not all concealed carry classes are alike. Regrettably, there is no State standard for concealed carry weapons license training.
  • Most concealed carry classes are merely ‘certificate mills’.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is an official NRA chartered and registered non-profit organization.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is dedicated to firearms safety and firearms training.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County’s mission is to train and prepare you to save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • All of In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training classes meet and exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons’ license.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Date: Saturday, October 10th only. Two class times to choose from.
  • Provide a printed receipt issued by the organization conducting a ‘hotel’ concealed carry class being conducted October 10th, at time of registration.
  • Offer good for classes conducted in Winter Haven and Lakeland only.
  • The printed receipt must be for the October 10, 2020 class only.
  • Offer is good while available seating remains.
  • Online registration only.
  • A $35 fee will be charged until a printed receipt is provided. A full refund will be issued upon presentation of receipt.

When taking advantage of this offer, please have a digital (pdf or jpg) copy of your receipt available for submission. If you are unable to submit a digital copy, you will be charged a $35 registration fee until you submit a hard copy the day of the class.

It should to be understood, not all concealed carry classes are alike.

  • Most are ‘certificate mills’.
  • Very few provide any handgun training.

Those classes conducted in rented hotel rooms and at gun shows are the greatest examples.

Educate yourself, ask questions, know what you are spending your money and time on before you commit to a class.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms and concealed carry training. Training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones

  • We do NOT sell guns. 
  • We do NOT sell ammunition. 
  • We do NOT sell firearm accessories. 
  • We so NOT sell insurance.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is the only Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

For a complete class schedule, class descriptions and registration information, visit our website at: Register for a Class https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more sporting goods dealer locations in Polk County.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can call us at: 863-206-1996

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Concealed Carry Classes : Gander Outdoors – Bartow

In-Gauge of Polk County conducts firearms training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

In-Gauge of Polk County is currently accepting registrations for October classes. Classes conducted both weekends and weekends. Private classes available.

Our current class schedule can be viewed at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training.  In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

Go Gander!

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Concealed Carry License Qualification Class : Fall Special – $35

This not a ‘hotel’ conducted, concealed carry class. There is no insurance sales involved. You are actually taught something in this class.

Concealed Carry Class- Minimum Standards Saturday, October 10, 2020

Cost $35 per person – For this class only. Regular price: $50

This not a ‘hotel’ conducted, concealed carry class. This is not an insurance sales seminar. You are actually taught something in this class. In-Gauge of Polk County is not a certificate mill.

Online Registration At: Saturday, October 10th

Two class times to choose from: 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Online registration and prepayment is required.

All proceeds go to support local shooting sports programs. In-Gauge of Polk County is a registered, local, NRA chartered, non-profit organization

We have received calls from people wanting to know what makes this class a “minimum standards” class and how it differs from a class conducted at a gun show, gun shop, in a rented hotel room or an online class.

The answer is:

  • Our 3 hour ‘minimum standards‘ class is more comprehensive, covering more relevant material and up-to-date current events.
  • This is NOT a ‘hotel” conducted class. Nothing has been cut, abbreviated or deleted.
  • Our classes are both informative and entertaining
  • Our are classes are small and interactive
  • You will neither be bored or fall asleep in one of our classes.
  • We use modern, up-to-date audio-visual equipment
  • This class fulfills the training requirement for applying for a Sate of Florida concealed carry license.
  • Although this class includes the firing of a real, defensive caliber handgun, it does not include handgun training. That is what makes it minimum standards‘.

You will leave this class with an awareness of the use of a firearm for self-defense and the defense of the lives of your loved ones that you never had.  You will be presented with material you never knew existed.  The material presented in this class is unmatched anywhere locallyGuaranteed.

Topics covered:
• Florida law pertaining to carrying a concealed carry weapon
• Gun safety and the fundamentals of handgun handling
• Self-Defense strategies
• What guns to purchase for concealed carry and self-defense
• Applying for and maintaining your Florida concealed carry license
• Live-fire proficiency demonstration and evaluation

Following the classroom session, the student will live-fire a handgun for safety and proficiency evaluation, as required by State law, for certification.

This is our most basic concealed carry class. The class includes all the subject material and training required for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry license and includes live-fire, firearm proficiency evaluation.  This is not a firearms training class.

All equipment and materials provided

  • Firearm
  • Ammunition
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Printed course materials

All class participation information will be provided at the time of paid registration.

Cost: $35 per person – Online registration and prepayment is required.
For pistol/handgun training, we recommend our:
  • Concealed Carry Qualification Firearms Training Class – CCW 101 (5 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (12 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Defensive Pistol Course (10 hours) an advanced concealed carry class  

The above listed courses exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

Florida Concealed Carry Weapons License Class

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CONCEALED CARRY CLASS : End of Summer Special

Our September 20th ‘End of Summer Special’ concealed carry class is SOLD OUT. Please contact us for participation in any of our low cost “real” concealed carry and firearm training classes, in which you fire a real handgun on a real gun range. Next available class . . . SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th – 1:00 PM.

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CONCEAL CARRY CLASS : End of Summer Special – $35

You will leave this class with an awareness of the use of a firearm for self-defense and the defense of the lives of your loved ones that you never had. You will be presented with material you never knew existed.

Concealed Carry Class- Minimum Standards Sunday, September 20, 2020

Cost $35 per person – For this class only. Regular price: $50

Online Registration At: Sunday, September 20th

Online registration and prepayment is required.

All proceeds go to support local shooting sports programs. In-Gauge of Polk County is a registered, local, NRA chartered, non-profit organization

People have received calls wanting to know what makes this class different from a class conducted at a gun show, gun shop or one of those conducted in a rented hotel room.

The answer is:

  • Our 3 hour ‘minimum standards‘ class is more comprehensive, covering more relevant material and up-to-date current events.
  • This is NOT a ‘hotel” conducted class. Nothing has been cut, abbreviated or deleted.
  • Our classes are both informative and entertaining
  • Our are classes are small and interactive
  • You will neither be bored or fall asleep in one of our classes.
  • We use modern, up-to-date audio-visual equipment
  • This class fulfills the training requirement for applying for a Sate of Florida concealed carry license.
  • Although this class includes the firing of a real, defensive caliber handgun, it does not include handgun training. That is what makes it minimum standards‘.

You will leave this class with an awareness of the use of a firearm for self-defense and the defense of the lives of your loved ones that you never had.  You will be presented with material you never knew existed.  The material presented in this class is unmatched anywhere locallyGuaranteed.

Topics covered:
• Florida law pertaining to carrying a concealed carry weapon
• Gun safety and the fundamentals of handgun handling
• Self-Defense strategies
• What guns to purchase for concealed carry and self-defense
• Applying for and maintaining your Florida concealed carry license
• Live-fire proficiency demonstration and evaluation

Following the classroom session, the student will live-fire a handgun for safety and proficiency evaluation, as required by State law, for certification.

This is our most basic concealed carry class. The class includes all the subject material and training required for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry license and includes live-fire, firearm proficiency evaluation.  This is not a firearms training class.

All equipment and materials provided

  • Firearm
  • Ammunition
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Printed course materials

All class participation information will be provided at the time of paid registration.

Cost: $35 per person – Online registration and prepayment is required.
For pistol/handgun training, we recommend our:
  • Concealed Carry Qualification Firearms Training Class – CCW 101 (5 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (12 hours) Prerequisite for NRA Defensive Pistol Course
  • NRA Defensive Pistol Course (10 hours) an advanced concealed carry class  

The above listed courses exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

Florida Concealed Carry Weapons License Class

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Considering A Concealed Carry Class? Consider this . . .

Graduates of our classes can have their license applications processed within 14 days.

Currently, the earliest available date for concealed carry weapons license application processing, with the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office, is December 1, 2020.

There is no need to wait for a December appointment date to process your concealed carry license application.

Graduates of our classes can have their license applications processed within 14 days. You read that correctly, 14 days. That includes fingerprinting, photograph and submission to the Tallahassee office of the Florida Dept. of Agriculture.

This process is available only to our concealed carry class and firearm training graduates.

For our complete class schedule and to register for a class, please go to: Register for a Class

In-Gauge of Polk County does NOT conduct virtual, online training classes.

There is only one Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

When you conduct more concealed carry classes and graduate more students than nearly all other ‘concealed carry’ class providers combined, attempts are made to copy your process. Attempts are even made to copy class materials. But, our instructional quality and dynamic content development can never be duplicated. Not all ‘concealed carry’ classes are the same.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms training. 

  • We do not sell guns. 
  • We do not sell ammunition. 
  • We do not sell firearm accessories. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more locations in Polk County.

We encourage you to call around and check with local gun shops or other concealed carry class providers. Check their class cost. Check their class content. Check their on-range, live-fire time.

  • [ _ ] Check their total class cost
  • [ _ ] Check their class content
  • [ _ ] Check their on-range, live-fire time. How many rounds do you fire?
  • [ _ ] Check their credentials
  • [ _ ] Check their hidden costs
  • Ask them if they can provide you with a nationally recognized firearms training certificate.
  • Ask if they offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee

After you get your answers, call us and compare ours.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can always reach us at: 863-206-1996

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New York Attorney General’s Goal: Abolish the NRA

Renew or increase your NRA membership today!

Letitia Ann “Tish” James is an American lawyer, activist, and politician. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and is the Attorney General of New York having won the 2018 election to succeed appointed attorney general Barbara Underwood.  

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/06/899712823/new-york-attorney-general-moves-to-dissolve-the-nra-after-fraud-investigation  

The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”

Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.

The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.

Seeking to dissolve the NRA is the most aggressive sanction James could have sought against the not-for-profit organization, which James has jurisdiction over because it is registered in New York. James has a wide range of authorities relating to nonprofits in the state, including the authority to force organizations to cease operations or dissolve. The NRA is all but certain to contest it.

“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James said in a statement. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”

Secret Recording Reveals NRA’s Legal Troubles Have Cost The Organization $100 Million

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the NRA in its entirety and asks the court to order LaPierre and other current and former executives to pay back unlawful profits. It also seeks to remove LaPierre and Frazer from the organization’s leadership and prevent the four named individuals from ever serving again on the board of a charity in New York.

The New York attorney general did not allege that NRA general counsel John Frazer committed financial misconduct, but said that he failed to comply with board governance procedures, failed to ensure the NRA was in compliance with whistleblower laws and repeatedly certified false or misleading annual statements by the NRA.

The turmoil at the NRA also could have political ramifications ahead of the 2020 elections. The NRA spent tens of millions of dollars in 2016 to support then-candidate Donald Trump — a role it appears it will be unlikely to be able to repeat given its current financial condition.

Do not let this action financially cripple the NRA. The NRA is targeted because it is the most effective organization defending our 2nd Amendment right.

Renew or increase your NRA membership today!

See special ‘Distinguished Life Member‘ offer below for those 65 years of age and older.

If you do not want the monthly magazine, we can sign you up for as little as $10 for a one year NRA membership.

One Year $10 Official NRA Membership

This $10 membership does not include monthly publication

$10.00

One Year Regular Official NRA Membership

1 year official NRA membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication. 1 year official NRA membership. Includes official NRA monthly magazine. Class date: Sunday, August 15, 2021 1:00 PM Location: Gander Outdoors, Bartow, Florida 7400 SR 60, East (Rifle Range Road & SR 60)

$45.00

3 Year Official NRA Membership

3 year official NRA membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication.

$100.00

5 year official NRA membership.

5 year official NRA membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication

$150.00

Official NRA Lifetime Distinguished Membership

Must be 65 years of age or older. One time payment Official NRA Distinguished Lifetime Membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication and all other membership benefits,

$600.00

Official NRA Lifetime Membership

Official NRA Lifetime Membership. Includes official NRA monthly publication and all other membership benefits,

$1,000.00

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Considering a concealed carry class?

There is only one Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

When you conduct more concealed carry classes and graduate more students than nearly all other ‘concealed carry’ class providers combined, attempts are made to copy your process. Attempts are even made to copy class materials. But, our instructional quality and dynamic content development can never be duplicated. Not all ‘concealed carry’ classes are the same.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training. 

  • We do not sell guns. 
  • We do not sell ammunition. 
  • We do not sell firearm accessories. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

Class registrations are done online. Look for us represented at:

  • Gander RV & Outdoors – Bartow
  • Rural King – Lake Wales
  • The Gun Room – Winter Haven
  • Brian’s Outdoor World – Lake Wales
  • West Coast Pawn & Gun – Davenport

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more locations in Polk County.

We encourage you to call around and check with local gun shops or other concealed carry class providers. Check their class cost. Check their class content. Check their on-range, live-fire time.

  • [ _ ] Check their total class cost
  • [ _ ] Check their class content
  • [ _ ] Check their on-range, live-fire time. How many rounds do you fire?
  • [ _ ] Check their credentials
  • [ _ ] Check their hidden costs
  • Ask them if they can provide you with a nationally recognized firearms training certificate.
  • Ask if they offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee

After you get your answers, call us and compare ours.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can always reach us at: 863-206-1996

Concealed Carry Class
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Prepared for the Uncertain Affects of the Coronavirus?

  • Civil unrest
  • Looting
  • Home invasion
  • Robbery
  • Threat of harm to you or your family

In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer and conduct concealed carry, self-defense, home defense and other firearms training during the COVID-19 crisis for as long as safe and permitted to do so.

Classes are kept small and all CDC and public health standards are practiced.

Official NRA, virtual, online classroom sessions are available. We have increased our class schedule to 3 days a week and will conduct private classes upon request.

All class registrations can be done online at: ‘Register for a Class‘ or you can call us at: 863-206-1996. You can send us an email inquiry at: info.ingauge@gmail.com.

There is no age restriction on NRA firearms training.

In-Gauge of Polk County is dedicated to firearms safety training and we do not want you to become a statistic during these uncertain times.

The safety and well-being of you and your family is our primary concern.

When you need a gun, it is too late to learn how to use it.

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Are you or someone you know a new gun owner?

Do not become a statistic.

Today a good many people will pick up a gun they purchased last week.  It may very well be the first gun they have purchased in their life or it may be a type gun with which they are totally unfamiliar.  

If you are one of those people, do not become a statistic.

Learn how to safely handle and shoot that gun before you attempt to use it in the defense of your home, your life or the lives of your loved ones.

In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to conduct firearms training (pistol, shotgun, concealed carry, self-defense) throughout the COVID-19 emergency, for as long as permitted to do so. 

We even offer an official NRA online basic pistol course for those who do not want to gather in large groups in a classroom setting.  Successful completion of the online course fulfills the training requirement for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry license.

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting online course description: https://basicpistol.nra.org/

Register for any of our firearm training classes (pistol, shotgun, AR-15 rifle) by going to: http://www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com  ‘Register for a Class‘ or by calling 863-206-1996.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization, chartered by the National Rifle Association, dedicated to conducting firearm safety training.

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In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer and conduct training while permitted to do so

To provide as many people as possible the training to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting concealed carry classes, self-defense, home defense, shotgun and other firearms training 3 days a week.


Classes size will be restricted to 10 students or less. We will custom schedule and conduct any concealed carry or firearms training class for 4 or more people.


Visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com or call us at: 863-206-1996 to schedule training.

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Considering training to protect your life and the lives of your loved ones?

You should view this video before making a decision . . . .

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

  • No pre-class appointment required
  • Convenient online registration 24/7
  • Convenient online payment
  • No fingerprinting required – Fingerprinting will be done at the time you apply for your Florida concealed carry license.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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Considering A Concealed Carry Class?

You should view this video before you make a decision . . . .

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

  • No pre-class appointment required
  • Convenient online registration 24/7
  • Convenient online payment
  • No fingerprinting required – Fingerprinting will be done at the time you apply for your Florida concealed carry license.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer training classes

For as long as we are permitted to do so, In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer and conduct firearms, self-defense and personal protection classes.

If you concerned about being in large groups during the Coronavirus crisis, all In-Gauge of Polk County classes are small, conducted in large, open rooms and on an outdoor gun range.

For class enrollment, go to: http://www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com
or call: 863-206-1996

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2020 POLK SENIOR GAMES – Pistol Competition

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The women’s competition . . .

The men’s competition . . .

The ‘Women of In-Gauge’ take Gold and Silver medals

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Concealed Carry – When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones

When you are serious about defending your life and the lives of your loved ones, In-Gauge of Polk County should be your only consideration for firearms training.

Our next Handgun/Concealed Carry License Qualification Training Class is Saturday, February 29th. Participation is still available. This class teaches you how to use your handgun. This class includes 1 hour of live-fire range training under the direct supervision of certified NRA instructors. You will fire a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition.

This class is Phase One of our 15 hour Active Shooter / Armed Assailant training program. This training is a must for those who want more training than that required for applying for a concealed carry license or those desiring to be qualified to be a member of church emergency response team.

The cost of this 5-hour handgun/concealed carry license qualification training class is $50.

You can register online using Eventbrite by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you think all there is to carrying a deadly weapon in public is knowing how to pull a trigger, take a gun show class or a class conducted in a rented hotel room.
In-Gauge of Polk County teaches you how to use your firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. There is no substitute for NRA firearms training.
Florida Concealed Carry Weapons License Class
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Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction

The Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction is the premier sportsmen’s event in central Florida.

The Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction is the premier sportsmen’s event in central Florida. All other sportsmen’s events pale in comparison.

The Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA is a 7 time HIGH CALIBER Committee and in 2019 earned the prestigious 2 star PROTECTOR rating.

Last year:
– Wayne LaPierre, Executive Director of the NRA was the guest of honor.
– over $50K was raised to fund LOCAL youth shooting sports programs.
– over 525 people attended
– Sheriff Grady Judd made his annual appearance and auctioned off a full day “Ride Along With The Sheriff”
– The event SOLD OUT 2 weeks in advance

This year over 70 new, quality firearms will be either raffled, auctioned or given away.

The Central Florid Ridge Friends of NRA Dinner & Action is a family friendly event. Kids under 12 enter and eat free. Free prizes given away to all kids under 10.

All veterans are honored and a new 1911 .45 caliber pistol awarded to one lucky veteran.

Get your tickets early for this year’s Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA 25th Annual Dinner & Auction by going to: https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/10… or calling Ron Prat at: (863) 258-0903

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POLK SENIOR GAMES – Pistol Competition

Deadline for registration: 5:00 PM Friday, February 14th.

Polk Senior Games Pistol Competition – Wednesday, March 11th, Lakeland, FL

Categories:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Ages
    • 50 -59
    • 60 -60
    • 70 -79
    • 80 and up

Registration information and forms can be obtained at POLK SENIOR GAMES: http://polkseniorgames.org/enter-the-games/355-2/

Phone number: (863) 533-0055

Email: polkseniorgames50@gmail.com

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Packing and Praying: Why some Southwest Florida churches have armed security

Packing and praying: Why some Southwest Florida churches have armed security

 February 10th 2020 – by Evan Dean

As acts of violence rattle church congregations across the U.S., some churches in SWFL are making sure they’re armed and ready.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For tens of millions of people across the U.S., the church is a sacred place – a place for comfort, redemption, and refuge.

A place where an act of violence is seemingly unthinkable.

But shootings inside churches have become all-too-common in recent years, rattling congregations across the country.

The latest church shooting to receive national attention happened in late December at the West Freeway Church of Christ in North Texas.

A gunman killed two people but was shot dead within seconds by Jack Wilson, the volunteer head of security at the church.

Wilson, who owns a gun range, was hailed a hero by local law enforcement.

“I don’t feel like I killed a human. I killed an evil,” Wilson told NBC News after the shooting.

The violence in Texas – and the rapid containment of the threat – has again raised a question that’s been posed before: should churchgoers, specifically church security teams, carry guns?

Generally, Florida law does allow a licensed gun owner to carry a concealed firearm in a church.

Russell Howard, the lead pastor at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, acknowledged the sad reality that shootings in places of worship have become far too common.

“Inevitably, you wonder – could this happen to me, or to a friend, or to a colleague, or to a church that is closer to us?” Howard said in an interview with NBC2. “It is a fallen world. It is a broken world.”

McGregor Baptist is one of the biggest churches in southwest Florida, and Howard admits their approach to security has changed in recent years.

“One of our initial ideas was — let’s keep it completely discrete. For heaven’s sake, let’s not let anyone notice that we have some very alert people. That is no longer our position,” Howard explained.

While he wouldn’t share all their safety measures, Howard said McGregor Baptist has a full-fledged security team – including some members who are retired or off-duty police officers.

He said the team checks bags at the doors, has people monitoring crowds, and yes, some members do carry guns.

“While politicians in environments who, by the way, are protected by men with guns, debate how to stop mass shootings… a gentleman in Texas stopped one in six seconds,” Howard said.

“The means to containment of a violent, misbehaving person, is to de-escalate the situation. And if that calls for the disciplined and effective use of counter-measured violence, as regrettable as that is, inarguably — at least in the Texas case — and I say this with gravity, my brother, not flippancy… it worked.”

McGregor Baptist has also held active shooter training with law enforcement to keep the congregation safe. Still, Pastor Howard maintained that all that training and security is ultimately secondary.

“This church is secure to the degree the will of God deems it so. My absolute trust is in the will of God,” Howard said. “I wouldn’t wish [a shooting] to happen. I very much hope it doesn’t. But we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

NBC2 Investigators spoke with leaders at several other churches in Southwest Florida, including one pastor who said they hire an armed security team to monitor their services.

However, not every pastor believes that guns belong in churches.

Several local leaders declined to interview for the story. Some indicated that their security wasn’t quite where they wanted it to be. Others didn’t feel comfortable divulging their practices or openly discussing the topic.

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FLORIDA – Church Security Bill One Step Closer To Becoming Law

To make this happen,,contact your Florida senator immediately ! ! !

Concealed carry in churches, ministries, synagogues and other faith organizations legislation moves forward with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Florida House moves ahead with guns-in-church bill

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://floridapolitics.com/archives/318403-bill-guns-places-worship&ct=ga&cd=CAEYASoTNDExNDA3NjY4OTAxMzY5MTAwNTIcM2FkNTJhOTBhNWMwN2FmMzpjb206ZW46VVM6Ug&usg=AFQjCNFmqy_WiLPtdLjVbZFtqjmqFDqLCQ

However, HB 1437 requires a companion Senate bill to be considered in general session.

To make it happen, the following Florida senators need to be contacted immediately ! ! !

Senator Bill Galvano                galvano.bill@flsenate.gov   
Senator Kathleen Passidomo    passidomo.kathleen@flsenate.gov      Senator Kelli Stargel                stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov          

The senators above should be contacted and encouraged to include the language in HB 1437 be added to an EXISTING approved Senate bill. Senate President Bill Galvano can make it happen if he wants it to happen.

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Presentation: Texas Church Shooting – Lessons Learned

Schedule a free, private, presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ, Texas church shooting.

Tonight, we will be conducting another free, private presentation, analysis and discussion on the December 29th Texas church shooting, before a local congregation.

You may have watched the Texas church shooting video a dozen times, but if you did not see the armed ‘security team’ member fall with his drawn gun presented, you need to attend this seminar.

If your church or ministry has a safety response team or are considering starting one, contact In-Gauge of Polk County for a free 1 hour presentation.

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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Presentation: Texas Church Shooting – Lessons Learned

Schedule a free, private, presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ, Texas church shooting.

Tonight, we will be conducting another free, private presentation, analysis and discussion on the December 29th Texas church shooting, before a local congregation.

You may have watched the Texas church shooting video a dozen times, but if you did not see the armed ‘security team’ member fall with his drawn gun presented, you need to attend this seminar.

If your church or ministry has a safety response team or are considering starting one, contact In-Gauge of Polk County for a free 1 hour presentation.

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization. No salaries are paid or received. All proceed go to support local shooting sports programs. 

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Church Security – Free presentation and discussion

This is a must attend presentation for any church or ministry that has or is considering establishing an emergency response team.

In-Gauge of Polk County is offering a free 1 1/2 hour presentation on the lessons to be learned from the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting, White Settlement, Texas. This is a must attend presentation for any church, ministry or other faith organization that has or is considering establishing a emergency response team.

Your church or ministry can schedule or host a free presentation to be conducted within Polk and Highlands counties.

This is a must attend presentation for any church or ministry that has or is considering establishing an emergency response team.

To schedule a free 1 1/2 hour presentation, contact In-Gauge of Polk County at:

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

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Church and Ministry Safety & Security – Free presentation

In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer this free presentations to churches, ministries and other faith organization that would like to schedule a private presentation or host one.

Available to churches, ministries and other faith organizations

Tuesday evening, January 21st, In-Gauge of Polk County conducted a free and open to the public presentation, discussion and analysis of the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting.

Over 40 people attended, representing 12 local churches and ministries. Those attending were pastors, ministers, deacons, safety team leaders and general members of congregations.

The event was a audio-visual presentation on the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting, an analysis of the incident and a open discussion of the lessons to be learned from the tragedy. Attendees took away a recognition of what went right and what went wrong during the West Freeway Church of Christ incident. A recognition of measures that can be applied to their church or ministry security plan.

In-Gauge of Polk County will continue to offer this free presentations to churches, ministries and other faith organization that would like to schedule a private presentation or host one.

This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a private, non-profit organization, charted by the National Rifle Association. In-Gauge of Polk County offers free Refuse To Be A Victim seminars and Stop The Bleed training clinics, as a community service, in addition to self-defense, concealed carry, Church Guardian and firearms training.

To schedule a free 1 1/2 hour presentation, contact In-Gauge of Polk County at:

863-206-1996

Email: info.ingauge@gmail.com

Winter Haven, Florida

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Polk County now a 2nd Amendment sanctuary county!

Polk County officially declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

Polk County joins 15 other Florida counties in becoming a 2nd Amendment sanctuary.

https://www.theledger.com/news/20200121/polk-declares-itself-2nd-amendment-sanctuary

Polk declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary

Jan 21, 2020

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

BARTOW — Polk County is a Second Amendment sanctuary.

The Polk County Commission on Tuesday reversed course from its Friday meeting and approved a resolution affirming its support for gun rights, including language declaring the county a sanctuary.

The vote came after 12 people spoke out in favor of the sanctuary measure. Several commissioners also indicated they received phone calls and emails from gun-rights supporters over the weekend.

Although the commission could not take an official vote during its Friday workshop, four commissioners clearly indicated they had trouble with the sanctuary language while maintaining they supported Second Amendment rights. Only Commissioner John Hall supported the entire resolution, including the language declaring Polk a Second Amendment sanctuary.

That changed Tuesday as the commission initially voted 4-1 to approve the sanctuary resolution with Commissioner George Lindsey opposing it. Later, Lindsey asked for a reconsideration of the resolution and switched his vote to affirm the commission was unanimous in supporting the Second Amendment, he said.

“I don’t want this to be a divisive issue,” Lindsey said.

Commission Chairman Bill Braswell said he changed his mind because he hadn’t realized the word “sanctuary” was the label adopted by a Second Amendment movement.

“The word ‘sanctuary’ to some of us wouldn’t be our first choice,” he said. “When I hear ‘sanctuary,’ I think of ‘sanctuary city,’ and that’s bad.”

Braswell was referring to the sanctuary city movement asking local officials not to support some of President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration and deportation policies.

Commissioner Rick Wilson agreed he reacted against the word because of its association with immigration policies.

“I don’t like the word. I wish we could change it,” he said.

Yet Wilson and the other three commissioners declined to support Lindsey’s proposal to substitute “pro-Second-Amendment county” for “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

Before the first vote on the resolution, Lindsey said he opposed including the sanctuary language because one historical definition of the word is “immunity from the law.”

“That’s the part that bothers me,” he said. “I can’t do that if there’s an implied immunity from the law.”

Lindsey pointed out he supports the Second Amendment as a life member of the National Rifle Association, a handgun owner and holder of a state concealed weapons permit. But immunity from the law “is not what we stand for,” he said.

Several of the resolution supporters appeared motivated by the so-called “red flag” law passed by the Florida Legislature following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

That law allows local law enforcement to seek a temporary court order, called a “risk protection order,” to seize firearms from persons it believes might use them against themselves or the community. Law enforcement can get an emergency order to seize weapons immediately followed by a final order at a court hearing within 14 days.

The law was passed because the Parkland shooter and many other perpetrators of mass shootings had shown behavioral signs of violence before the incidents.

“Polk County has a Second Amendment problem,” said Royal Brown III of Winter Haven, president of Winter Haven 912 Project, a gun rights group. “We lead the state in the use of the unconstitutional risk protection order, or RPO, which allows an ex parte seizure of firearms and ammunition without prior notification, without the right to be represented by a public defender and without due process based on a judge’s fear of what might happen in the future. This also violates the legal precedent of being innocent until proven guilty.”

Brown cited information from the Polk County Clerk of Courts office, which The Ledger also obtained.

The statistics show Polk did lead the state in seeking risk protection orders between March 2018 and October.

Polk sought 501 orders during that time followed by Pinellas County with 429 cases and Broward County with 393 orders sought. Only five other counties had more than 100 risk protection order cases during that time, and the state total was 2,933 cases.

The Clerk of Courts also reported a total of 525 risk protection cases filed in Polk from March 2018 through Nov. 20 with no additional state data.

Among those Polk cases, 15 petitions were denied an emergency order, or 3%. Among the 510 emergency protection orders granted, the court denied a final order in 49 cases, or 10%.

“We ask you to declare Polk County a Second Amendment sanctuary county and to be aware of the problems with the risk protection order, including conducting oversight of the RPO process until such time as it is challenged in the courts and declared unconstitutional or changed or deleted from law by the Florida Legislature,” Brown said.

Other speakers made more general arguments that the sanctuary language was needed to “send a message” to the Legislature and Congress on passing further gun restrictions. Several speakers warned of a looming socialist or communist threat to take away Second Amendment rights gradually.

“Florida came within 1% of becoming a socialist state,” said Glynda White, a Winter Haven 912 member, referring to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ narrow victory margin over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum.

“The gun grabbers are coming,” said Danny Krueger of Lake Wales.

Bob Grimes of Lakeland compared the gradual diminution of gun rights to livestock being herded into a corral.

“What happens to sheep or cattle when they’re herded into a corral? They’re headed to slaughter,” he said.

After the meeting, Braswell told The Ledger the resolution was a symbolic affirmation of the Second Amendment because state law prohibits local government from passing any legislation dealing with firearms.

For that reason, he doesn’t anticipate the commission acting on any gun-related legislation, Braswell said. “I don’t think we have any authority there,” he said. “This today was a symbolic proclamation.”

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Church Security – Lessons learned from the Texas church shooting

FREE registration will remain open until 12:00 noon today, January 21st.

Analysis and Discussion

Only a few seats remain for this presentation. This event is nearly booked out. FREE registration will remain open until 12:00 noon today, January 21st. Admission tickets can be obtain through Eventbrite. See further information below.

This will be an unique presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting. What went right and what went wrong during the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas incident.
This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

Admission tickets are limited. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
    • 130 Avenue G, SE, Winter Haven, Florida

This is a free and open to the public event. Seating is limited. Admission by ticket only.

Free admission tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion
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West Freeway Church of Christ Shooting: What went right – What went wrong

This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

Analysis and Discussion

This is an unique presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting. What went right and what went wrong during the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas incident.
This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

Admission tickets are limited. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
    • 130 Avenue G, SE, Winter Haven, Florida

This is a free and open to the public event. Seating is limited. Admission by ticket only.

Free admission tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion
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Shooting In A Texas Church Presentation: What went right – What went wrong

Analysis and Discussion

This will be an unique presentation, analysis and discussion on the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting. What went right and what went wrong during the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas incident.
This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

Admission tickets are limited. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
    • 130 Avenue G, SE, Winter Haven, Florida

This is a free and open to the public event. Seating is limited. Admission by ticket only.

Free admission tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion

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Does Jesus Christ support self-defense?

By Lars Larson – Jan 2, 2020     Does Jesus Christ support self-defense?

Jesus advising the disciples to buy a sword in Luke 22:36: “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

First, let’s look at a Gospel setting in which Christ absolutely endorses self-defense. “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into (Luke 12:39). ” Isn’t Jesus saying here that violence – or certainly the threat of violence – is not just the reasonable, but even the responsible, option to take in protecting one’s property, never mind one’s person or one’s family?

Then, we have this next quotation from the Gospel of Mark: “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his goods unless he first binds the strong man (3:27).” Now, why would the bad guy have to bind the strong man? Obviously, because the strong man would otherwise do all he could to keep the bad guy out! And again, that’s just to protect property.

As if to confirm Mark’s Gospel, we find these additional words of Christ in the Gospel of Luke: “When the strong man, fully armed, guards his courtyard, his property is undisturbed (11:21).” In case anyone still doesn’t get the point, it is not enough simply to defend yourself when the situation arises; you should be armed and ready to defend even your property. And this, of course, is what Jesus told his disciples to do shortly before he was taken prisoner when he told them to make sure they had swords: arm yourselves and be ready.

“TURN THE OTHER CHEEK” ALWAYS? It is true that Jesus said to turn the other cheek in Matthew 5:38-42. However, many scholars do not believe pacifism (or nonresistance) is the essential point of His teaching in this passage. These scholars do not believe Jesus was teaching to “turn the other cheek” in virtually all circumstances. Even Christ did not literally turn the other cheek when smitten by a member of the Sanhedrin (see John 18:22-23).

The backdrop to this teaching is that the Jews considered it an insult to be hit in the face, much in the same way that we would interpret someone spitting in our face. Bible scholar R. C. Sproul comments: “What’s interesting in the expression is that Jesus specifically mentions the right side of the face [Matthew 5:39]….If I hit you on your right cheek, the most normal way would be if I did it with the back of my right hand….To the best of our knowledge of the Hebrew language, that expression is a Jewish idiom that describes an insult, similar to the way challenges to duels in the days of King Arthur were made by a backhand slap to the right cheek of your opponent.”

The principle taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:38-42 would thus seem to be that Christians should not retaliate when insulted or slandered (see also Romans 12:17-21). Such insults do not threaten a Christian’s personal safety. The question of rendering insult for insult, however, is a far cry from defending oneself against a mugger or a rapist.

In terms of following Christ’s example, one must remember that His personal nonresistance at the cross was intertwined with His unique calling. He did not evade His arrest because it was God’s will for Him to fulfill His prophetic role as the redemptive Lamb of God (Matthew 26:52-56). During His ministry, however, He refused to be arrested because God’s timing for His death had not yet come (John 8:59). Thus, Christ’s unique nonresistance during the Passion does not mandate against self-protection.

THE BIBLICAL CASE FOR SELF-DEFENSE. It is noteworthy that the Bible records many accounts of fighting and warfare. The providence of God in war is exemplified by His name YHWH Sabaoth (“The LORD of hosts”–Exodus 12:41). God is portrayed as the omnipotent Warrior-Leader of the Israelites. God, the LORD of hosts, raised up warriors among the Israelites called the shophetim (savior-deliverers). Samson, Deborah, Gideon, and others were anointed by the Spirit of God to conduct war. The New Testament commends Old Testament warriors for their military acts of faith (Hebrews 11:30-40). Moreover, it is significant that although given the opportunity to do so, none of the New Testament saints–nor even Jesus–are ever seen informing a military convert that he needed to resign from his line of work (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 3:14).

Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus revealed to His disciples the future hostility they would face and encouraged them to sell their outer garments in order to buy a sword (Luke 22:36-38; cf. 2 Corinthians 11:26-27). Here the “sword” (Greek: maxairan) is a dagger or short sword that belonged to the Jewish traveler’s equipment as protection against robbers and wild animals. A plain reading of the passage indicates that Jesus approved of self-defense.

Self-defense may actually result in one of the greatest examples of human love. Christ, Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:14). When protecting one’s family or neighbor, a Christian is unselfishly risking his or her life for the sake of others.

Theologians J. P. Moreland and Norman Geisler say that “to permit murder when one could have prevented it is morally wrong. To allow a rape when one could have hindered it is evil. To watch an act of cruelty to children without trying to intervene is morally inexcusable.

In brief, not resisting evil is an evil of omission, and an evil of omission can be just as evil as an evil of commission. Any man who refuses to protect his wife and children against a violent intruder fails them morally.”

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White Settlement Church Shooting – Discussion and Analysis

Discussion and analysis of the December 29th Texas church shooting.

What went right. What went wrong.

This is must attend event for members of church emergency response teams and those considering developing a team.

Admission tickets are limited. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
    • 130 Avenue G, SE, Winter Haven, Florida

This is a free and open to the public event. Seating is limited. Admission by ticket only.

Free admission tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite at: Texas Church Incident – Analysis & Discussion
Guardian training for churches and other faith organizations.
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Active Shooter / Church Guardian Training: In-Gauge of Polk County

When you realize simply possessing a concealed carry license is not enough.

In-Gauge of Polk County has available a 15-hour, active shooter, tactical firearms training program for members of faith organizations.
To learn more about our church guardian training go to: Church Guardian Training.
Being prepared for a deadly encounter requires more than simply possessing a concealed carry license.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to recognize a potential threat before it becomes a threat.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage a threat before it becomes a threat to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage and neutralize a threat quickly and effectively to avoid injury to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to administer emergency aid to others to prevent death due to blood loss.

Our basic Church Guardian Training encompasses 15 hours of tactical firearms training.

Training is standardized, official, NRA firearms training and a nationally, official NRA advanced firearms certificate of training is awarded upon successful completion.

Additional advanced, firearms, proficiency training is available, from an additional 40 to 70 hours, for those who desire to be trained to an expert level.

Stop The Bleed – emergency blood loss and tourniquet training included in all Church Guardian Training.

West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas December 29, 2019.

Shooting Video – Material may be disturbing
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Active Shooter / Church Guardian Training: In-Gauge of Polk County

When you realize simply possessing a concealed carry license is not enough.

In-Gauge of Polk County has available a 15-hour, active shooter, tactical firearms training program for members of faith organizations.
To learn more about our church guardian training go to: Church Guardian Training.
Being prepared for a deadly encounter requires more than simply possessing a concealed carry license.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to recognize a potential threat before it becomes a threat.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage a threat before it becomes a threat to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage and neutralize a threat quickly and effectively to avoid injury to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to administer emergency aid to others to prevent death due to blood loss.

Our basic Church Guardian Training encompasses 15 hours of tactical firearms training.

Training is standardized, official, NRA firearms training and a nationally, official NRA advanced firearms certificate of training is awarded upon successful completion.

Additional advanced, firearms, proficiency training is available, from an additional 40 to 70 hours, for those who desire to be trained to an expert level.

Stop The Bleed – emergency blood loss and tourniquet training included in all Church Guardian Training.

West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas December 29, 2019.

Shooting Video – Material may be disturbing
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Texas Church Shooting – Massacre thwarted

A deadly massacre thwarted by armed parishioners.

West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement, Texas December 29, 2019.

Shooting Video – Material may be disturbing
This is why we offer Church Guardian Training. Being prepared for a deadly encounter involves more than simply possessing a concealed carry license.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to recognize a potential threat before it becomes a threat.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage a threat before it becomes a threat to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to engage and neutralize a threat quickly and effectively to avoid injury to others.
  • Being prepared requires being trained to administer emergency aid to others to prevent death due to blood loss.

Our basic Church Guardian Training encompasses 15 hours of tactical firearms training.

Training is standardized, official, NRA firearms training and a nationally, official NRA advanced firearms certificate of training is awarded upon successful completion.

Additional advanced, firearms, proficiency training is available, from an additional 40 to 70 hours, for those who desire to be trained to an expert level.

Stop The Bleed – emergency blood loss and tourniquet training included in all Church Guardian Training.