I am looking for conceal carry students who want more than the “cookie cutter class”. I look for students that are concerned with what happens after they use deadly force. I want students who understand that once they pull the trigger on their gun they will be under the scrutiny of the District Attorney, and thus have concerns about which way that scrutiny will go. I teach my classes to that level of concern, which means I go a lot further than the minimum requirement.
That is why I look for those students that want to go beyond the average class and the “minimum” state requirements in seeking knowledge to help them handle deadly force confrontations and issues. How do I do this? What makes me different as an instructor and makes my classes above the ordinary? Before answering that, have you given thought to what will happen to you if you use deadly force in self defense? Have you considered the possibility that the decision you had to make in a split second will be looked at by the Police and the District Attorney over a period of time that could extend into months? Have you considered that you could be charged with a serious felony? Have you given thought to the possibility the Police or the District Attorney might not see your use of deadly force as “self defense”? How many times have you heard of innocent people being charged with a crime, go through a trial, and then were found not guilty only after spending thousands of dollars?
I have been a Private Investigator since 1974. I have handled and investigated over 350 murder cases, self defense cases and firearm related cases during that time. I have seen what can happen to a person who shoots someone in self defense. I have been there talking to them in jail because they were charged with murder or some other serious felony. I have sat through trials with them that can last 4 weeks. In my classes I talk about actual self defense trials. I talk about what happens, how much it costs to defend a self defense case, and what the juries have come back with. I will tell you about things you have not thought about before coming to a class that will allow you to carry a concealed handgun. I can give you facts as a criminal defense Private Investigator others cannot. I can give you a perspective you have not thought about after a shooting such as what to say to the police and what to do with your gun. Not many other instructors can tell you what to expect once you use deadly force like I can. Additionally, I carry almost all of the time. When I am working on criminal cases I am often in bad areas, talking to real bad guys, looking at crime scenes and locating people. I have found bullets that have passed through people at shooting scenes. I know what I am saying when I talk about carrying concealed, being alert for potential problems, how to deal with a potential problem and how to avoid problems. If you take my conceal carry class you also get what is called the “Red Book”. This is the book the NC Department of Justice has written concerning the use of Deadly Force and Conceal Carry. It gives the laws concerning the use of Deadly Force. Not all instructors provide you with this book of information.
Concerning my other classes that teach shooting and gun handling, again I am different than most other instructors in that I am also a competitive shooter. Note the “Video” page. I have been shooting handguns competitively for many years. This gives me a true feeling concerning “handgun handling”. I can watch you shoot a handgun and tell you how to make adjustments in your shooting to help you maximize your accuracy. I can help you fine tune your shooting skills. This comes from firing thousands of rounds in practice and competition, not from reading a training book. If you are interested in classes that take you beyond the “cookie cutter operations” of normal classes, sign up for one of my classes. My goal is to give you excellence beyond what you will find elsewhere.
WHAT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON?
All of us Conceal Carry Instructors felt a significant drop-off in student activity when President Trump was elected. According to polls taken concerning Americans feeling safer with President Trump, approximately 80% of Americans feel safer now than when President Obama was in office. National security is not the same as your own home security or personal self defense. National security deals with foreign and terrorist activity, both abroad and here on US soil. Your ability to conceal carry will not help you deal with terrorist activity in the US. Terrorists don’t invade your home in the middle of the night try and rob you when you are leaving a late night movie. They attack in clandestine ways so no one sees it coming. So because we feel safer on a national security level, don’t fall under the belief that criminal activity has decreased because President Trump is in the White House.
There was also a bill in the NC House, HB 69, which was changed to HB 746, which would do away with the requirement to take conceal carry class before one could carry a concealed handgun. Because of this proposed legislation many people have put off getting a conceal carry permit with the hopes they won’t have to go through the class. That bill has died. There has been no action on it in the Senate since June 12th and the Legislature has gone home. There were and still are several reasons everyone should go through the conceal carry class. Even if we became one of the states that didn’t require a permit to carry concealed, you would not be able to travel to other states under “reciprocity”. You would still have to have the permit to have the right to carry in the other 39 states. And if you think you don’t need the class because you don’t intend to carry, only to have a gun at home for protection, think again. The conceal carry class spends a lot of time going into the laws of deadly force within your home, vehicle and workplace. You are not going to know these laws without taking the class or doing a lot of legal research on your own to uncover the laws that pertain to your ability to use deadly force in your own home.
Self defense does not start with a firearm! It ends with the firearm! LD