Classes for 2018

Classes are held in Niagara, Erie, Orleans and Genesee Counties.

Pre-registration required.

Private classes and coaching are also available. Call Jim Carr at (716) 778-9431 for information or to schedule your own private class.

Upcoming Classes


Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: May 3 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411


Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: June 7 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411


Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: July 5 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411


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Utah, Arizona, Florida Pistol Permit Class / “multi-state concealed carry class”

Class recognized by Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety & Florida Dept. of Agriculture

Class length: 5½ hours

Cost: $60.00 base. Some hosts charge more to cover their facility fee.

Bring with you:

1) New York State Drivers License

2) Pen with black ink

3) Range gear: Handgun, ammunition (15 rounds), eye & ear protection and a baseball cap.

4) Bag lunch (we will have a working lunch).

5) Cash or check for training fee (if fee not paid during pre-registration)

6) Cash for optional services of:

  • Finger Printer ($10.00 for UT ‘prints, $20 for AZ ‘prints & $10.00 for FL ‘prints)
  • Notary $5.00 to notarize and inspect paperwork
  • Photographer $10.00 for two passport quality photos

Special note on “optional services” - These are made available to you for your convenience. As such, you may take advantage of them if you like but are not compelled to do so. 

Class Description:

In January of 2009 I became the first resident of Western New York to be certified by the UT Bureau of Criminal Identification as a Concealed Firearm Instructor. As a Niagara County Pistol Permit holder since 1984 and a trainer of Pistol Permit holders since 1997, I consider it to be an honor and a vital service to my fellow Pistol Permit holders who wish to be legally armed when travelling into various states.

This is the official Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification class that a New York State resident must complete in order to apply for and receive their Utah Concealed Firearm Permit (“CFP”). With the live fire element that is done right after class, this course has been recognized by the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety and the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services as satisfying their own training requirements.

This is a true triple certification class for a single low price. When you take my UT, AZ & FL Pistol Permit Class you’ll have met all the necessary training requirements so that you can apply for all three carry permits. At the end of the classroom and range secession you’ll receive the documents proving that you completed the required training necessary to apply for all three concealed carry permits.

The UT Concealed Firearm Permit class represents training that the UT BCI mandates for every CFP applicant. It is a very well thought out course and contains a host of useful information including topics such as:

  1. Safety & defensive handgun operational systems review
  2. Maintenance issues of the tactical handgun
  3. Defensive vs. training ammunition parameters and justification for use of hollow-point ammunition in defensive handguns
  4. Failure to fire / “immediate action” drills
  5. Draw stroke and shooting stances for defensive encounters
  6. Effective carry and concealment of handguns with various holster systems
  7. Safe storage options
  8. Legal aspects of state firearms carry, use of force law and use of force continuum
  9. Federal laws including excerpts from Title 18 Chapter 44
  10. Federal “interstate transportation of firearms” overview
  11. State administrative policy concerning the rights & responsibilities of Concealed Firearm Permit holders

A word about UT policy on class length:

I have discussed the issue of the UT policy of a “four hour recommended minimum length” of the CFP class with Investigators of the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation. We are in agreement that covering the needed materials in only 4 hours is not realistic and does not allow for adequate coverage of the subject material.

When you review the minimum training standards handbook and realize the amount of material contained within the 50 plus page manual you’ll begin to appreciate why!

Use of force laws, citizen’s arrest issues, conduct in public as a concealed firearm permit holder / handgun carrier, use of force continuum / strategies for conflict resolution, interacting with Law Enforcement Officers as a CFP holder, civil liability issues, interstate transport of firearms, ballistics issues for defensive handguns, etc. all take time when explained in sufficient detail.

I use a good deal of CCTV footage and videos of actual gunfights, and other crimes, to help teach the students the pitfalls of these various issues.

Average length of this class when I teach it is about 5 ½ hours and this time frame allows appropriate coverage of the BCI mandated materials.

Live fire requirement for Florida and Arizona:

Florida law currently requires that all applicants demonstrate an ability to “safely handle and discharge a firearm in the presence of the instructor.” This means that you have to shoot a gun and receive a certificate or notarized document stating this fact

The classes I teach provide this legally required range element at each class. You will not be told that you have to take another class just to receive your certificate of live fire!

Considering the various liabilities we face as legally armed private citizens, the issues covered in class are significant for those who wish to carry a concealed handgun effectively and legally.


“Know before you go!”

Remember that laws constantly change. It is your responsibility to keep up with changes in Federal, State and Local law.