A Shooting In A Place Of Worship – A Story Of Survival

Looking down the barrel of an semi-automatic pistol, at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry. Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.

Presentation Tuesday, January 22nd

In-Gauge of Polk county will host a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his story of surviving an active shooter in his ministry.

Pastor Howell will relate his story and provide suggestions of preparedness and how to avoid a similar “Active Shooter” incident in your place of work, worship, ministry or everyday life.

This presentation is the first in a series of “active shooter” training classes being conducted by In-Gauge of Polk County, an official NRA chartered, non-profit organization and will introduce In-Gauge of Polk County’s 2019 basic and advanced level, NRA “active shooter” training classes, including the nationally recognized Refuse To Be A Victim program.

Tuesday, January 22nd
6:00 PM
Grace Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Winter Haven, Florida
Reservations Are Required
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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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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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