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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Santa Fe Texas – We grieve with you

Once again our nation’s peace has been shattered by the demonic, heinous act of one demented individual.  Our broken hearts grieve with the families of the victims of the Santa Fe Texas High School tragedy and we pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. 

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As law enforcement en devours to harden public school “gun free” zones, our places of worship and private schools remain vulnerable.   Our churches, ministries and other places of worship, as well as their educational facilities and learning centers, must not be neglected.

We encourage all faith based organizations to look into Guardian Training for their ministry.

Our places of worship are the next soft targets!

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In-Gauge of Polk County is the only NRA charted, non-profit organization that provides such training in the state of Florida.

Our Guardian Training is a comprehensive training program specifically focusing on training members of church and faith based organizations in the unique nature of dealing with and mitigating life threatening situations in a crowded, close-quarter environment.

Our Accelerated Guardian Training is 15 hours of intense training that includes basic and advanced level handgun instruction designed for out-of-town participants.   Our Accelerated Guardian Training offers the out-of-town participant with the maximum training at a minimum cost, permitting him or her ample time to return home for Sunday services.    There are no prerequisites required or accepted.

Our Guardian Training is a standardized training program, developed by the National Rifle Association and provides the graduate with a nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training that can be used for applying for a concealed carry license and submitted to your organization’s insurance carrier for a possible reduction in insurance premiums.   No other local training organization or agency can legitimately make that claim

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Women of In-Gauge take Gold at Polk Senior Games

The women of In-Gauge of Polk County take gold at the 2018 Polk Senior Games’ Pistol Competition

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From left to right: Lorraine Jones – Bronze medal Judy Fliag- Gold medal (NRA instructor) Janet Ergle – Gold medal – new record (NRA instructor) Pat Eddins – Silver medal (NRA instructor)

On March 7th, the 2018 Polk Senior Games held its annual pistol shooting competition, attracting both men and women, ages of 50 through 86, from across Central Florida, with 41 registered shooters.

The women of In-Gauge of Polk County competed against woman in the age categories of 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79.​ The top scores were 256 by Judy Flaig (Gold 50-59 women) and 239 by Janet Ergle (Gold 70-79 women – new record)

The women of In-Gauge are eligible to participate in the upcoming Florida Senior Games and are currently preparing.

Sponsors are being sought to offset their expenses. The women can be contacted through In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a registered non-profit organization and an official NRA chartered club, located in Winter Haven, Florida.  In-Gauge of Polk County can be contacted by U.S. mail at:  In-Gauge of Polk County, 6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL  33884.  By email at:   info.ingauge@gmail.com  By phone at:  863-206-1996.   Visit the In-Gauge of Polk County website at:  www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

Addendum . . .   Appearing in The Ledger March 19, 2018   http://www.theledger.com/entertainmentlife/20180318/your-good-news

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Evacuating Ahead of Irma – Secure Firearms

ATF warns gun owners to secure firearms ahead of Hurricane Irma

by: Ken Tyndall – Sep 6, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – As Hurricane Irma approaches land, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging gun owners to make sure they don’t become victims of post-storm looting.

Hurricane 02“In the storms, we’ll go back to (Hurricane) Harvey, where again, people are taking advantage of the fact that there’s no on in the home,” ATF Special Agent Daryl McCrary said. “They’re going out, sometimes in the midst of the storm, or very soon after the storm, and they’re looting.”

Firearms are a particularly targeted item for looters, McCrary said.guns safe 01

“If you have firearms that are not secure in your residence, those firearms are going to be taken, and there’s a high probability those firearms are going to be used in crimes, in violent crimes, and we’re trying to prevent that,” he said.

Gun stores are also targeted by thieves during major storms, McCrary said.

“We know that in the past, during these storms, we know in Hurricane Harvey, individuals, nefarious criminals, took advantage of the storm and did go out and break into gun stores to steal guns,” he said. “And this also occurred last year during Hurricane Matthew.”

McCrary encouraged gun owners to make plans for securing their firearms now, in case they have to leave their home without much notice.

“We’re going to have people under mandatory evacuation that may have to leave their homes quickly,” he said. “We’re asking, and highly suggesting, that they have a firearms record, that is, that they can use their mobile phones to take a picture of that firearm, so that they would be able to identify it.”

If you are a victim of a firearms theft, you should notify ATF immediately at 202-648-7200 or 888-930-9275. Also, if possible email a completed ATF Form 3310.11 to stolenfirearmsprogrammanager@atf.gov.

Florida residents who want to take their National Firearms Act (NFA) items with them if they evacuate can submit an ATF Form 5320.20 to nfafax@atf.gov ATTENTION: Chuck HURRICANE IRMA (In the heading)

Florida residents evacuating by common carriers (airlines, railroad, bus) should make sure to notify the carrier of the firearm and have it stowed unloaded in checked baggage.

Florida Storm Evacuation and Guns

Florida law went into effect May 21, 2015

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If you were not aware or in doubt, the following Florida law went into effect May 21, 2015 upon signing . . . .

Gov. Scott signs Florida emergency concealed carry bill

5/22/15 | by Chris Eger

It will now be legal for gun owners in the Sunshine State to temporarily carry concealed handguns without a permit during periods when the sun isn’t shining so bright.

Now law is a measure to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry licenses to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations.   A reboot of a failed 2014 bill that was killed in last minute political maneuvering, this session’s effort had an easier go of it after police lobby groups embraced the proposal. It passed the Republican-controlled Senate in an easy 29-10 vote while the House last month approved it by a 86-26 margin.

“As Hurricane Season approaches it’s critical that our rights are protected during natural disasters,” advised Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Petersburg, in a statement. “With the signing of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. I’m proud to have sponsored this bipartisan bill ensuring that we have the right to protect our families during these sometimes chaotic times.”

Brandes bill, SB 290, creates an exception to Florida’s prohibition against concealed carry of a weapon without a permit by allowing adults not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to temporally do so while evacuating. The law allows for a 48-hour window that this would be allowed after the evacuation has been ordered. However, the governor can authorize an extension as needed.

Such evacuation orders occur frequently in the state, most often associated with hurricane threats. Florida, with hundreds of miles of coastline in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, is prone to severe hurricanes. Since 2000, no less than 63 tropical or subtropical cyclones have affected Florida, more than any other state.

Second Amendment advocates in the state refer to the new law as true common-sense gun legislation.

“This bill is a no-brainer, particularly in Florida with our hurricane exposure,” Marion Hammer, president of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida and past president of the National Rifle Association, told Guns.com Thursday. “When you’re ordered to evacuate — to take your kids, your dog and valuables and flee — the last thing you should leave behind is your gun.”

People have a responsibility to defend themselves and their family, “so taking firearms with you is not only your right, it is your responsibly,” said Hammer.

The law was effective Thursday at signing while the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

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Concealed-weapons permits surge in Florida

Concealed-weapons permits surge in Florida

By Jim Turner / The News Service of Florida
Posted Jul 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has fast-tracked concealed-weapons licenses to 82,000 military members and honorably discharged veterans since terror-related shootings at a pair of military installations in Tennessee two years ago.

State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who along with Gov. Rick Scott helped expedite the permitting process as part of the state’s reaction to the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, made an appearance Tuesday to discuss the effort, which has played a part in Florida’s increased number of people allowed to carry concealed firearms.

But with Putnam running for governor in 2018, his stances on Second Amendment issues are drawing criticism from Democrats.

Since Putnam first won statewide office in 2010, the number of concealed-weapons licenses has soared from about 800,000 to more than 1.78 million. Putnam’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issues the licenses.

The tens of thousands of active-duty military members and veterans getting expedited permits has come as the state has seen “heavy” demand for concealed-weapons licenses, Putnam said.

“This is just one example of what we do through our department to make Florida the most veteran- and military-friendly state in the nation,” Putnam said during an appearance at the National Guard Armory in Tallahassee.

The fast-tracking for military members, who don’t have to wait until they’re age 21 as do civilian applicants, was established as part of Florida’s reaction to the July 16, 2015, terrorist-motivated shootings in Chattanooga that resulted in the deaths of four Marines, a Navy sailor and the gunman. Florida also upgraded security at National Guard recruitment centers, including arming guard members.

During his appearance at the armory, Putnam said the Legislature “continues to wrestle with the right way to get there” when asked about allowing concealed-weapons license holders to carry firearms on college and university campuses or to openly carry handguns.

Efforts to pass such proposals have failed in the Senate in recent years.

“Gun-free zones, where the victims have no opportunity to defend themselves, ought to be modified in a responsible way so that people can exercise their Second Amendment rights and protect themselves,” Putnam said.

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