You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now what?

We train you 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 $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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Florida 6-year-old shot by gun “owned” by 15-year-old

Florida 6-year-old grazed by bullet after 4-year-old relative fires gun

June 09, 2021 : By JAMI GANZ -NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Who are we to judge? However, by all appearances the author does not want to hold the 15-year-old accountable. The article should have more correctly stated: “The firearm was illegally in the possession of a 15-year-old family friend.” In the state of Florida, a 15-year-old cannot legally own or be in possession of a firearm.

A Florida child was grazed by a bullet after a 4-year-old relative fired a gun at the kids’ home, according to authorities.

Tampa Police said the bullet grazed the leg of the 6-year-old, who did not sustain serious injuries but was hospitalized, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Authorities said the firearm was hidden under a sofa at the residence and “appears” to belong to a 15-year-old family friend, according to the outlet.

Andrew Warren, State Attorney for Hillsborough County, in which Tampa is located, took to Twitter to weigh in on the incident.

“My anger-fueled tirade on gun safety & the gun violence epidemic does not lend itself to 280 characters. So I’ll just say thank God he’s alive,” tweeted Warren.

Police said that no one else was injured in the shooting, according to the paper.

Whether any adults were home when the shooting unfolded was not detailed in a media release referred to by the outlet.

At least 369 unintended shootings by children occurred in the U.S. last year, leading to 142 deaths and 242 injuries, according to statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The site and AAP recommend that while guns should not be kept in homes with children, if firearms are present, they should be stored in a safe or lock box.

Boynton Beach, Florida gun buyback program collects 127 firearms

Police say the buyback was a huge success.

Boynton Beach gun buyback program

By: Jon Shainman – 2021-06-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A gun buyback program was held Saturday in Boynton Beach.

It required the combined efforts of the police, the community, and the church.

With the 4th of July approaching, Minister Dominic Murray knows what that means.

“You’re going to hear fireworks, you’re going to hear gunshots,” he said.

The police presence Saturday at the Boynton Beach Church of God House of Kingdom Worship was not there to mark a crime scene, but to partner up in a crime-fighting effort.

For the first time, Boynton Beach police held a gun buyback program.

“Everywhere there are guns. I have nothing against guns. It’s just people and what they use the guns for,” said Rev. Chiquita Jones.

Functional firearms could be returned with no questions asked.

$100 gift cards were offered in exchange for handguns, and $200 gift cards were offered for shotguns.

As for the church location, that was done for a reason.

“A church is where everybody is to come together and feel safe here,” said Minister Murray.

Church leaders say it’s an effort to continue to build bridges between law enforcement and the community.

“We’re here for them. We’re not against police officers. I’ve got law enforcement in my family,” said Pastor Kenneth Jones.

Police say the buyback was a huge success.

127 firearms were collected and $18,000 in gift cards were distributed.

“I want the community to be peaceful. We come together as one,” Rev. Jones said.


Boynton Beach police to offer gun buyback event for first time in department history

WEAR ORANGE – ‘Gun Control Weekend’

Nikki Fried, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture: “I’m proud to work with Everytown for Gun Safety . . . “

The Florida Department of Agriculture has partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety.

Nikki Fried is ordering Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services buildings to light up orange this weekend to support gun violence awareness.

Wear Orange Weekend runs Saturday and Sunday. Friday was also National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

The department is illuminating the historic Mayo Building located across from the Florida Capitol, as well as the department’s Tallahassee Regional Licensing Office, where the department processes concealed weapons permit applications.

Nikki Fried is bathing her office building orange to raise awareness of gun violence.

“With so many lives lost to gun violence in the Sunshine State and around the nation, it’s important to send a message: we remain determined to see common-sense gun violence prevention reforms enacted to protect our communities,” Fried said. “As the lives of children, parents, friends, loved ones and fellow Floridians have been cut short by firearms, we will stand strong to demand change that honors their memory.”

“I’m proud to work with Everytown for Gun Safety to mark this occasion, which I hope will lead to reflection, persistence, and long-overdue action on gun violence.”

Fried proclaimed Friday, June 4, as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Florida in a proclamation on behalf of the Florida Cabinet.

The key department buildings are lit orange in a partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, America’s largest gun violence prevention organization.

Concealed Carry Classes That Train You How To Use A Handgun

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.
We train you to defend your life and the lives of you loved ones.

June Class Schedule:

Considering a Florida concealed carry permit?

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 gun show 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.

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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Concealed Carry Class $35 – Gander Outdoors, Bartow

Not all concealed carry classes are alike. We train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Cost: $35 All materials provided.

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

To register for any of our June Sunday afternoon classes conducted at GANDER OUTDOORS – Bartow , click on the dates below:

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

Our current June 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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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit

You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now What?

We train you 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 $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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Concealed Carry Class: Do It Right, or Do It Twice

How to Choose a Firearm Training Class

We did not write this article, but we wish we had.

Concealed Carry, Training – by Aaron Stemen

Do It Right, or Do It Twice

Imagine for just a moment that weeks, months, or even years down the road you receive a notice from the State of Florida revoking your Concealed Weapon or Firearm License due to insufficient training. Now hang on! You took a concealed carry class and showed proof to the State. Surely this is a mistake. Isn’t it?

Imagine for just a moment that weeks, months, or even years down the road you receive a notice from the State of Florida revoking your Concealed Weapon or Firearm License due to insufficient training. Now hang on! You took a concealed carry class and showed proof to the State. Surely this is a mistake. Isn’t it?

Well here’s the deal. The State found out the class you took didn’t meet the statutory requirements, so they pulled your permit. You wasted your hard-earned money, your valuable time and, to make matters worse, you now have to do it all over again.

In this article, I give you the tools and info you need to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

What to Look For

There are two main things you should look into, and then each can then be broken down further. They are:

  • The instructor’s credentials and experience, and
  • A breakdown analysis of the class itself
  • Background Check Your Instructor

I recently caught wind of a Gainesville based “firearms training group,” and I use that term loosely, that has been teaching illegal concealed weapons permit classes for quite some time. By “illegal” I mean they don’t meet the State’s training requirements.

I hate to say it, but there are a lot of less than reputable firearms instructors out there. If you aren’t researching your instructor(s) before handing over your hard-earned cash, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice.

Credentials

Section 790.06 lists a few different ways that firearms instructors can become certified to teach Florida concealed carry classes. When deciding on an instructor for your class, make sure they are certified by one of the following organizations:

  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC)
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS)
  • State-Certified (Class K) Firearms Instructor
  • NRA Firearms Instructor Certifications

Law Enforcement and Military Experience

Finding an instructor with prior law enforcement or military experience may be a good thing to look out for, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider this to be the Holy Grail.

I say this because some LE/military instructors are so focused on being Joe Tactical (“tacticool”) that they simply aren’t the best choice for an introductory concealed carry class.

You can often spot these instructors from a mile away because one of the first things they want you to know is that they are a SWAT “Operator” or a “sniper.” While there is nothing inherently wrong with being a member of the local SWAT team, if it’s their primary talking (i.e. bragging) point I suggest you look elsewhere. You want an instructor who is friendly and relatable, not one with an inflated sense of self-importance.

Investigate the Class

If I haven’t made it obvious yet, not all firearms training classes are created equal. By taking a look into the class’s particular characteristics you should be able to get a pretty good idea of whether the instructor is merely rubber-stamping certificates, or if they will teach you how to safely and effectively use a firearm to defend yourself.

Here’s a few key things to pay attention to:

  • Class location
  • Class length
  • Class size
  • Class tuition
  • Class Location

Any class that is conducted somewhere other than at a firearms range (hotel) will not meet the requirements. Why? Because Section 790.06 of the Florida Statutes requires that every student “discharge the firearm in [the instructor’s] physical presence and that the discharge of the firearm included live fire using a firearm and ammunition.”

Pistol Range

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of any hotels that let you shoot a firearm inside their conference room. And the air guns used by this “firearms training group” discussed above don’t meet the statutory definition of a “firearm,” nor do air pellets meet the definition of “ammunition.”

Class Length

I don’t have a hard and fast rule of thumb for this one, so use your judgment. If you’re signing up for a class that’s 2 hours long, you’re probably not going to learn a whole lot, and I’d even be skeptical how much shooting time (if any) you’ll get.

Class Size

I think everyone can agree that as the number of students per instructor (student-to-instructor ratio) increases, the quality of training is likely going to decrease. It’s simply not possible for one instructor to adequately train 20 or 25 students, or more!

You may be asking yourself how in the world you’re supposed to know how many students are going to be in the class.

Checking out the instructor’s previous class photos is a good place to start. You’ll likely find these on their social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or on their website.

If there are 50 students in a single class, that’s a pretty good indicator that the class is packed like a can of sardines, and the instructor is more focused on quantity than quality.

How much quality discussion do you really think you’ll be able to have with that many people crammed into a single class? How much personalized instruction do you think you’ll get when you’re one of 50 students on the range? And 1-on-1 time . . . Forget about it!

I try to keep classes between 5 and 8 students. I’ve found this to be just the right size to have student involvement in discussions while also being able to provide personalized instruction on the range.

Class Tuition

This goes hand-in-hand with the class size.

I’m not saying the most expensive class is guaranteed to be the best class, but choosing a class just because it’s the cheapest is a recipe for disaster.

Don’t waste your money.


In-Gauge of Polk CountyOur Guarantee

At In-Gauge of Polk County, all of our handgun training / concealed carry classes are guaranteed to exceed the State of Florida’s requirements.

All of our instructors are certified by the National Rifle Association.

Additionally, our basic handgun training / concealed carry classes run all day, and you will shoot at least an entire box of ammo (50 rounds) at real targets.

We cap our classes at 3 students per instructor on the range for the live-fire training. This ensures that we are able to devote our attention to you, and provide you with personalized instruction.

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You Took A Concealed Carry Class – Now What?

You have the right to own a gun. You also have the responsibility to learn to use it correctly.

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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Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven, self-defense, concealed carry, focused fire, shooting lessons, gun training, gun classes, concealed carry, conceal weapon, online class, lead feather, online permit, gun shop, gun show, gun permit