NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside of the Home

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

This course is for law-abiding adult citizens, who are eligible to possess a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state or local law in the state for which the course is taught, and who have a good reputation and possess defensive pistol skills as presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home Course 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). Students must also understand and articulate the basic legal concepts as they relate to the use of firearms for self-defense in the state for which the course is taught, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules but also those safety principles/practices that are specific to self-defense situations. Prospective students must demonstrate that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes by meeting one of the following: an NRA Basic Personal Protection in The Home Course Certificate or the student may elect to pass the Pre-Course Assessment.

This course has two sections/levels. Level one is at least nine hours long and is conducted both in a classroom and at a range under the guidance and supervision of an NRA Certified instructor and offers the required knowledge and skills that the student needs to master to carry, store and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Students spend several hours on the range and will be required to fire approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during this level/section. After completion of Level One, students may choose to attend level/section two of this course, which is an additional five hours on the range will be required to fire approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. It should be noted that the time and ammunition requirements are a minimum and maybe exceeded. Students will be given continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the appropriate (level one/level two) course completion certificate(s).

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 early 2019


Thomas J. Wilson

Step 1: Register Online for the Class

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