FIRST stands for “Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training”, a program the NRA developed to meet the need for a firearms orientation program for new gun purchasers. This FIRST Steps program is a basic courses abbreviated to the most fundamental shooting skills, and the specifics of a particular model of pistol.
This course exceeds all firearms safety training requirements of Florida’s concealed handgun law. You will receive a certificate of completion which you can submit to the Florida Department of Agriculture with your concealed permit application. The course is designed to provide common, every-day people with the complicated laws regarding concealed firearm and weapons carry and help explain, in laymen terms, how those laws pertain to their right to own and carry a weapon. Our NRA Certified instructors use a common sense approach to provide the class attendee with the knowledge needed to keep them out of legal trouble when exercising their rights.
To become an Armed Security Officer it is required that you take the State Firearm “G” License Class (28-hour program), which permits you to carry a firearm only in the performance of Security and Investigative Duties. The State of Florida requires the Security License Class “D” Training must be completed before applying for a Class “G” License.
The State of Florida requires that all Florida License G” Armed Security Officers must re-qualify at least once per year with the type of handgun that they carry on duty. We provide a annual Class “G” refresher training and requalification bi-monthly. Students that successfully re-qualify will be given proof of requalification to provide to the State to maintain their Class “G” license. A failure to renew it yearly, the State of Florida has the right to revoke the license and you will have to complete the G License course (28 hours) again.
July 2004: H.R. 218 Becomes Law – The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal law, enacted in 2004, that allows two classes of persons—the “qualified law enforcement officer” and the “qualified retired law enforcement officer” — to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of any state or local law to the contrary, with certain exceptions. It should be noted that the LEOSA does not limit or change any officer’s authority within their own state/jurisdiction from carrying or to where a firearm is carried “off duty” or “on duty” under their own state law. Recognizing the clear and immeasurable safety benefits to police officers, their families and communities, Congress passed H.R. 218 with an overwhelming majority and the bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 22, 2004.