Florida Lawmakers View Christian Lives As Less Valuable

Christian lives and the lives of children who attend private schools have been viewed as less valuable by the 2019 Florida Legislature.

If you attend services at a church, worship center, ministry or synagogue that has a licensed school on its property or your child attends any private school in the state of Florida, the Florida legislature as twice determined that your life and the lives of your children are less valuable than the lives of children who attend public schools.

During the Florida 2019 legislation session there were two bills submitted by legislators for consideration the would allow those who attend services at churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to protect themselves against an armed assailant. Those bills were Senate Bill 1238 (SB 1238), introduced by Senator Debbie Mayfield and House Bill 403 (HB 403) introduced by Erin Grall and Cord Byrd titled: Safety of Religious Institutions.

Both bills passed through their respective committees with little to no opposition, receiving bipartisan support. However, in the Senate, after receiving 4-Yeas and 2-Nays, on March 25th the bill was sent to Criminal Justice Committee, on April 8th, SB 1238 was “Temporarily Postponed”. I the Criminal Justice Committee, on May 5th, SB 1238 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration“.

On April 25th, House Bill 403 passed its third reading with a vote of 79 – Yeas and 35 – Nays. HB 403 was then sent to the Senate Judiciary Rules Committee where it sat without action. With the close of the 2019 Florida Legislative Session HB 403 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration” on May 3, 2019. The Safety of Religious Institutions bill is dead.

It can only be concluded that the Florida Legislature views the lives of those who attend worship services and private schools as less valuable than those who attend and work at public schools, as this has been the second year in a row the Florida Legislature has neglected the safety of students who attend private schools and those who worship on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution.

Those who attend worship services on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution or attend private schools are left to the mercy of the wolves, without a means of self-defense by Florida lawmakers.

In Florida, when licensed, one can legally carry a concealed firearm . . .

  • when going to the country club
  • when going to watch a movie in a public theater
  • when attending a play or other performance
  • when going to a city park
  • when going to the beach
  • when grocery shopping
  • when going to the mall
  • when banking
  • when dinning at your favorite restaurant

But, not when attending your church, ministry, synagogue or other place of worship, if there is a school located on the property.

In recent months, weeks and even days, agencies responsible for public safety are issuing warnings to increase security at places of worship.


Is there not a mixed message here?

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2019 FBI Report on Active Shootings

“In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives.”

Summary of the 2019 FBI report on 2018 ‘Active Shootings’   

As in past years, citizens were faced with split-second, life-and-death decisions. In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives. Given this reality, it is vital that citizens be afforded training so they understand the risks they face and the options they have available when active shooter incidents are unfolding.

Summary

The findings in this report are based on publicly available resources, FBI reporting and, when available, official law enforcement investigative data. Though limited in scope, this report was undertaken to provide clarity and data of value to federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement as well as other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public as they seek to neutralize threats posed by active shooters and save lives during such incidents.

  • 27 incidents in 16 states
  • 213  casualties – excluding the shooters
  • 85  killed
Citizen Engagement and Casualties

In five incidents, citizens confronted the shooter.
In three incidents, unarmed citizens confronted the shooter, thereby ending the shooting.

■ In one incident, a citizen wrestled the gun away from the shooter. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended approximately 34 hours later at another location.

■ In one incident, citizens confronted the shooter (including one who was pistol-whipped by the shooter), allowing others to flee the scene. The shooter committed suicide at the scene before law enforcement arrived.

■ In one incident, a teacher wrestled the shooter to the ground and restrained him until law enforcement arrived and apprehended him.

■ In two incidents, armed citizens possessing valid firearms permits exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

■ In one incident, two citizens retrieved their guns from their respective vehicles, then shot and killed the shooter.

■ In one incident, a citizen armed with a gun confronted the shooter, but no gunfire was exchanged. A second citizen exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but neither was struck. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended by law enforcement a short time later at another location.

The Shooters

Twenty-three shooters were male; three shooters were female; the gender of one shooter is unknown. Twenty-six shooters acted alone; one shooter may have acted alone.

The shooters ranged in age from 13 years to 64 years. Five shooters were in their teens, seven were in their 20s, seven were in their 30s, three were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, and two were in their 60s. The age of one shooter is unknown.

Eleven shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, six at the scene, and five at another location. Two of the 11 shooters initially fled the scene after being confronted by citizens, and one was restrained by a citizen.

Five shooters were killed. Four were killed by law enforcement at the scene, and one shooter was killed by citizens possessing valid firearms permits at the scene.

Ten shooters committed suicide: four at the scene before law enforcement arrived, three at the scene after law enforcement arrived, and three at another location. One of the shooters committed suicide after being confronted by citizens  

Conclusion
  • A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun
  • Civilians need to train for active shooter incidents
  • Armed, trained civilians save lives
  • Early intervention and prompt engagement with the active shooter saves lives
  • Shooters may be male or female
  • In 2018 the shooters ranged from age 13 to 64.

3 seconds will determine . . .

Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

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Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd:  ” . . . a perfect stand your ground.”

A long standing axiom, known and taught by those in the self-defense arena, was affirmed by Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, during a press conference Wednesday, August 29th, regarding a fatal, self-defense shooting in Winter Haven, Florida.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd affirms that 3 seconds will determine who survives a deadly threat and who will not.   Sheriff Grady Judd:  “You see how quickly you have to make a decision on whether you live or whether you die.

3 seconds will determine if you are the one who makes the 911 call or the one who is carried away in a black body bag.

 

 

 

 

FREE Teacher Concealed Carry Training

FREE Teacher Concealed Carry Training

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In-Gauge of Polk County is offering FREE concealed carry / firearm classes for teachers during the month of June.

As a community service and in the interest of promoting firearm safety, In-Gauge of Polk County, a private, non-profit, NRA affiliated club specializing in firearm training is offering, FREE for teachers, 5-hour concealed carry/handgun safety training classes.

Participants must:

  • Provide a valid Florida picture ID
  • Provide a current employment ID
  • Be currently employed in either a public or private school
  • Be currently employed in a instructional position
  • Be accompanied by at least one paying student at our regular course fee of $50

            *  Other restrictions and conditions may apply and are at the sole discretion of                In-Gauge of Polk County.

Training participants will be responsible for:

  • providing his or her own modern firearm (in safe operating condition)
    • *  Loaner guns and ammunition are available for a small fee
  • providing his or her own ammunition (minimum of 50 rounds)
  • hearing and eye protection

Training classes will be conducted throughout the month of June.

An official certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the course good for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license.

When considering enrolling in a firearm are concealed carry training class, you may want to ask about the instructor’s/provider’s facility and classroom.  Our classes are conducted in a dedicated, air conditioned, brick and mortar classroom with comfortable seating and tables.  Our classes are not conducted under an oak tree in a cow pasture or under a canopy in a dead orange grove.

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ENOUGH . . . It has happened again – No more sitting ducks

November 5, 2017  –  Gunman kills 26 in rural Texas church

September 24, 2017  –  Another heinous church shooting.   This time in Antioch, Tennessee.

When you say “ENOUGH” and decide to not be a sitting duck get official NRA firearms training.

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If you are in Central Florida, contact us for your firearm training needs.  We teach more than basic concealed carry classes.  We teach REAL official NRA firearms training that exceeds the State of Florida’s requirement for concealed carry weapons application.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a GOOD guy with a gun.”  – Wayne LaPierre  (NPR December 21, 2012)

Resources . . . .

  • Faith Based Security Network . . .   http://www.carlchinn.com/home.html
  • SECURITY? IN A CHURCH?  –  UPDATED 8/5/17
    • Violent Incidents at Churches Are Rising  –  Statistics from 2015 are the highest yet seen.Carl Chinn – June 7, 2016
    • As of the end of June, 2017 (halfway point in the year) there have been 54 violent deaths at faith-based organizations. Never before have we seen this many violent deaths ½ way through the year.

 

 

 

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Responding To The Alarm

NRA Concealed Carry Firearms Training For Elected Officials

Running toward the sound of fire . . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County Conducting NRA Concealed Carry Training For Elected Officials and Candidates

In-Gauge of Polk County is offering NRA concealed carry/firearm training classes for elected officials and political candidates.

As a community service and in the interest of promoting firearm safety, In-Gauge of Polk County, a private, non-profit, NRA affiliated club specializing in firearm training is offering, specialized concealed carry/handgun safety training for elected officials and political candidates.

Participants must be a sitting elected official or an officially announced/registered political candidate for local, state or federal office.

Both official National Rifle Association basic and advanced concealed carry training is available.

An official certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the training, good for applying for Florida’s concealed weapons license.  NRA training certificates are nationally recognized and can be used as a pre-requisite for more advanced firearms training and for applying for concealed carry weapons licensing where applicable.

Donations will be accepted to prevent conflict with local, State and Federal campaign and gift laws.

Those interested in participating in classes should contact Pat, with In-Gauge of Polk County at: 863-206-1996.

For further information contact:

In-Gauge of Polk County
info.ingauge@gmail.com
6039 Cypress Gardens Boulevard
Winter Haven, Florida  33884

Ours is more than concealed carry training.
Ours is firearms training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Florida Sheriff – Concealed Carry License Holders Should Carry Everywhere Possible

Sheriff Wayne Ivey wants people with valid concealed carry permits to be ready at all times.

WE CAN’T AFFORD TO SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT ACT OF TERRORISM

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey wants people with valid concealed carry permits to be ready at all times.

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County for all your firearms training.  In-Gauge of Polk County conducts only NRA firearms training.

In-Gauge of Polk County conducts the exact firearm training described in Sheriff Ivey’s video.

 

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FAQ – Conceal carry training

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. I want to apply for a Florida concealed weapons carry permit.  What  training do I need and does In-Gauge’s firearms training courses meet the  requirement for the Florida CCW application?
  1. Does In-Gauge of Polk County’s  Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course meet the training requirements for the Florida Concealed Carry Weapons permit training?
  • Yes.  All of In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training courses exceed the training requirement for applying for Florida’s concealed carry weapons permit.  * The Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course is NOT an official NRA firearm course.
  1. What is the difference between a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” and an NRA firearms course?
  • In the state of Florida, a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” can be developed and taught by any current or retired law enforcement officer or licensed security guard instructor.   Each individual course-of-instruction is/can be developed by its instructor.  There is no standard nor is the certificate of completion recognized by any other state outside of Florida.
  • Every official NRA (National Rifle Association) firearms training course is standardized and recognized in all 50 states.  All official NRA firearms courses are taught only by certified NRA instructors, to the standards established by the National Rifle Association.
  • Just because a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” is conducted by a “certified” NRA instructor does NOT make the course an official NRA firearms training course.
  1. Why should I take a NRA firearms training class rather than a “concealed weapons” class to apply for my Florida concealed carry  weapons permit?
  • # 1 – All official NRA firearms training classes are taught by NRA certified firearms instructors.
  • # 2 – All official NRA firearms training is standardized and recognized nationally.   The NRA training you receive in Florida is the same NRA training you would receive in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas or Oregon.
  • # 3 – Upon successful completion of a NRA firearms training course you are presented with an official, nationally recognized NRA training certificate.
  1. What is In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course?
  • In-Gauge of Polk County’s Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course is a handgun orientation course designed to teach the beginning pistol/handgun shooter the basic fundamentals of pistol/handgun safety, handling and shooting.
  1. What is the difference between the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course and the NRA Defensive Pistol Course?
  • That is a good question.   In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course is a handgun orientation course designed to teach the beginning pistol/handgun shooter the basic fundamentals of pistol/handgun safety, handling and shooting.   Instruction is focused on one type of handgun, i.e., revolver, semi-auto, single action, double action.  The primary handgun the user/student will use.   The length of the course is 4 ½ – 5 hours.   (4 1/2 hours classroom, 1/2 hour live-fire range time – – The student will fire 50-100 rounds of ammunition)
  • The NRA Defensive Course encompasses everything taught in the Handgun / CCW 101 course, adding the defensive use of the handgun.   The participant will be presented with:  the levels of mental awareness, the defensive mindset for using lethal force, the selection of the proper defensive caliber handgun and holster.  The participant will also be put through on-range, live-fire exercises of selecting and firing from behind cover, confronting multiple assailants, on-range loading and reloading and safely moving with a loaded firearm.  The length of the NRA Defensive Pistol Course is 8 – 10 hours, depending upon the number of students and range conditions. (Participants will fire up to 200 rounds of ammunition on the range.)
  1. If I complete the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101, will I have to take another concealed carry weapons course in order to apply for a Florida  CCW permit?
  • No.  Successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101course is all the training that is required to apply for the State of Florida CCW permit.
  1. Is the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course honored outside the state of Florida?
  • That would have to be determined by the state in which you are attempting licensing.   There is no way of knowing the CCW permitting laws in all 50 states. Some states have stricter training requirements.  If the Florida CCW permit is recognized (reciprocity) in another state,  then your training received to acquire your Florida CCW permit is valid also.

9. What is the minimum age requirement for the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course?

  • That is another good question. There is no minimum age requirement to take either the Handgun / CCW 101 course or any NRA firearms training courses.   However, participation is at the discretion of the instructor.   The participant /student must be mentally and physically mature enough to comprehend the course material and be able to safely handle the firearm.

10.  Do I need my own handgun to take the Handgun / CCW 101 training course?

  • It is preferred, but not required.  Please see the answer to Question 3.  If you do not own a handgun, one can be provided for you, at an additional charge.
  • The Handgun / CCW 101 course is an orientation course.  It  is STRONGLY recommended that you do not buy a gun in order to take the course.   Most people who purchase a gun prior to taking the Handgun / CCW 101 course regrettably      discover they made a wrong purchase.  Do NOT make a $350 – $700 mistake.   Take the course, then buy your first handgun.
  1. What equipment do I need for the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
  • Your own personal handgun is preferred.  If not, see the answer to the question above.
  • Ammunition for your handgun.  50 – 100 rounds (1 – 2 boxes)
  • Personal hearing protection.  Price range:   $1.50 – $75
  • Personal eye protection.  Eye glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses. Price range:  $3.50 – $12.00
  1. How much will it cost me to take the Handgun / CCW 101 course?

The basic cost of the course, plus:

•  Ammunition

•  Hearing protection

•  Eye protection

  1. What documentation do I receive after completing the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
  • After successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101 course you will receive an official training certificate (suitable for framing) that can be submitted, along with your completed application, for your Florida CCW permit.
  1. What do I get for my money when I take the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
  • When you take the Handgun / CCW 101 course you receive the highest quality firearms training available locally.
  • The Handgun / CCW 101 course includes personalized, hands-on, live-fire range training.
  • Upon successful completion of your training, you receive an official certificate of training.
  • Successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101 course qualifies you for the advanced NRA pistol training offered by In-Gauge of Polk County, to include:   Defensive Pistol, Personal Protection Outside The Home, and                                     Personal Protection In The Home.
Before you enroll in any firearm training or concealed carry weapons class you are encourage to inquire as to the training promised.  Although, other providers may claim to be NRA instructors, they may not be conducting official NRA training.

Please see the other pages on our web site that will help you make a decision as to your training:

Basic Shotgun Training

Why we teach shotgun handling  –  They walk among us . . . .

Contact us for all your firearm training needs . . .

Training  and  Course Descriptions

Former Vice President Joe Biden once said:  “Buy a shotgun.”

That may be all well and good.  But, learn how to use it . . . . .

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Unfortunately, these folks didn’t . . . 

Learn to do it right . . . .

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Contact us for all your firearm training needs . . .

Training  and  Course Descriptions

How do you know if the firearm training you are about to take is an official NRA firearm training class?  Check out two of our web pages:   Questions To Ask   /  Official NRA Training Class?  and  FAQ

 

 

 

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