NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home

The NRA Basic Personal Protection in The Home Course teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude required for the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and loved ones, and provides information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state or local law in the state for which the course is taught, and experienced shooters (shooters able to demonstrate proficiency in the basic skills of safe gun handling, grouping, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning/care of the firearm). Prospective students must demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by meeting one of the following: an NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification. The student may elect to pass the Pre-Course Assessment.

This course is at least eight hours long and is conducted both in a classroom and at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA Certified instructor. Students will be required to fire approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will be instructed on basic defensive shooting skills; strategies to protect your home safety and respond to a violent confrontation; firearms and the law in the state-specific for where the course is held; how to choose a handgun best suited for self-defense; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection in The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

The last lesson of this course: Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense; is instructed by an attorney licensed to practice law within the state in which this course is given and who is familiar with this specific area of the law; or a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) who is certified to instruct at an intermediate or higher Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate granted within the state; or an Instructor who is certified to instruct in this area of the law by the state in which this course is presented. NRA certified instructors may conduct this lesson only if they meet the requirements stated above, and then only in their capacity as an attorney or other state-certified individual, not in their capacity as an NRA certified instructor.

Dates and Locations

Coming Soon in 2019


Thomas J. Wilson

Step 1: Register Online for the Class

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Step 2: Make Online Payment

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4 Replies to “NRA Basic Personal Protection in the Home”

  1. I’m not sure why but this site is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to check out our site. Currently I am not certified in the Personal Protection in the Home, but I am planning on taking the instructor course as soon as possible.

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