The course is designed to meet or exceed the standards required for an individual to obtain a State of Minnesota Permit To Carry A Pistol. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend the course, as well as apply for your permit to carry. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate required to accompany your permit to carry application. The following are some of the items covered during the class:
*Please note the class is intended for individuals with previous handgun experience. If you have little or no experience, then please contact me to discuss additional training prior to attending this class. I do not want to discourage anyone from taking this class, but I must ensure everyone's safety.
The class also includes an assessment of your mechanical knowledge of and safe practices with a handgun, a written examination of the materials covered, and a live-fire shooting exercise. The shooting exercise is performed after the classroom portion and other assessments have been successfully completed.
If you do not have a handgun or eye/ear protection, then please let me know prior to class and I will provide what you need.
The class is $80/person plus a $10/person range fee which goes to the Agate Bay Gun Club for use of their facilities. If you are a current member of the Gun Club, then there is no range fee (please bring your membership card). In the event you would like to become a member, then you may apply your $10 range fee to a new membership. Cash, check and credit card are accepted payment methods.What's Next?
Complete the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application Permit to Carry a Pistol Opens in new window which is found on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. It is recommended that you save the PDF file to your computer if you plan to fill out the form electronically. It is not necessary if you are going to print out the form and complete by hand. Follow the instructions and fill out the form completely, accurately, and honestly. Do not sign the form until you are in the presence of the sheriff department representative accepting your application.
Make a copy of your permit to carry course certificate, as you will be providing it along with your application. You should retain the original certificate for your records. The certificate is good for one year from the issued date, so you must submit your application within that time period or retake the course. You should also make a copy of your driver's license, state identification card, or photo page of your passport.
Locate the sheriff’s office for the Minnesota county in which you reside. For non-residents, you may apply at any Minnesota sheriff’s office. A list of sheriff's office locations Opens in new window which is found on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. You should contact the sheriff's office to determine the accepted methods of payment.
Upon approval of your application, you will receive your permit to carry in the mail within 30 days.
The course is a perfect starting point for those individuals looking to purchase their first handgun, or those with little firearms experience interested in obtaining a permit to carry. Please contact me for more information or to schedule either phase of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting.
The course goal is to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. The course is conducted in two phases, and the first phase is available through an instructor-led class or through the NRA Learning Management System (LMS). Upon completion of the first phase, the second phase consists of a live-fire course which is instructor-led only. More information can be found on the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting page Opens in new window.
The course goal is to teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a firearm for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding citizen’s right to self-defense. This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.
Please contact me for more information.
Websites for federal or state firearm-related laws and statutes.
Available via phone Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you are calling outside these hours or I do not answer, then please leave a message and I will get back to you usually within 2 hours (unless I am instructing a class).