Campus Defense Firearms Certification Program

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Campus Defense Firearms Certification Program

Program Background:

Our children are the most important thing we have. Schools again and again have had shooting situations and other deadly force attacks.  In many school students and staff live in fear knowing that if a deadly incident occurs it will be luck if they survive.

School employees often are targets of violent crime on and off campus.

There is no law that says the government has an absolute responsibility to protect schools or individuals. There are no legal consequences if the police fail.  Some schools are fortunate to have firearms armed police, but some schools do not. The school may have armed police, but they may not be on scene when a deadly situation occurs. Enough armed staff are need to ensure deterrence.

School security officers and selected staff may also learn and perform equally as well, and at a lower cost. By following our program you can have a school that can protect all people on campus. The outcome is a high level of respect and deterrence.

The use of firearms is a last resort. It is a choice that must be available in the worst case scenario. The reality of violence dictates for many schools this is the right choice because of the vulnerability.

Graduates may  be eligible for State Concealed Carry Permit and  Armed Security Office Licenses.

Who should attend?

  • School Security Officers, School Police Officers , Selected School Staff, and School Board Members (for observation)
  • Those attending should be screened for willingness to be armed.
  • Those attending should be verified to not be prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • Those attending should have a medical exam to include eye and hearing test.
  • A psychological evaluation is recommended along with a performance evaluation that show a pattern of good judgment

Time needed:

40  hours, Five Days for initial certification. 24 hours for Biannual Recertification

Course Goals:

The goal of Campus Defense Firearms program is to develop the knowledge ,skills and attitude to deter violent crime on and off campus.

Training Activities and Topics:

  • Federal Standards for Active Shooter Situations
  • School Violent Crime and its Costs
  • School Management of Armed Program
  • Defense Options Other than Deadly Force
  • Legal Aspects and Armed Response
  • Training for the Aftermath of a Serious Incident
  • Firearms Knowledge
  • Firearms Security
  • Individual and Group Training Methods and Certification Process
  • Live Fire Qualification

School Handgun Tactics Course

Equipment and Course Checklist List

Please bring it to class filled out as your first training exercise.
______ Consider bringing friends, neighbors and family with prior clearance from the instructor to attend or observe the training –it is informative. The more trained and armed people you have around you- the better. Teenagers are welcome to observe the program.


______One to three handguns designed as self-defense pistols. Bring the owner’s manual. Using our guns is a good benefit of the program. You do not need to own a gun to attend this program. Please make prior arrangements for gun use. Note:  Ported handguns are not allowed because of muzzle blast danger at close range shooting.

_____Two magazines for semi-automatics or speed loaders for revolvers

____ Bring at least 300 rounds of the same caliber ammunition for training/ qualification, is needed. Ammunition in particular needs to be purchased well in advance, preferably two weeks. Add 50 rounds for each additional handgun qualified with.

_____Matching holsters for concealment or duty carry gear. Holsters must be torso carry- no small of the back , reverse cavalry holsters or horizontal  carry cross draw ( muzzle pointing down cross draws are welcome). Don’t forget your belt.

______Cleaning kit- synthetic cleaners recommended. Pencil or pen for checking the bore for obstructions

______Baseball cap, eye (sun glasses) and ear protection, Gloves for winter shooting (not optional may be purchases) Loose long sleeve shirt with a high collar- no low cut shirts that hot brass can go down. Sneakers or more sturdy foot wear depending on the weather.

______Water (avoid caffeine) drink several glasses the night before attending to the range. This greatly improves how you feel and perform during hot weather. Bring cold water to the range- at least two quarts. Some snacks are recommended. Sun block and insect repellent, Consider having a personal first aid kit in your car.

______ Directions/agenda for classroom and range, Tank of gas filled prior to range morning .

Campus Defense Firearms Course Agenda

Hours may vary depending on starting times, weather and class size and experience.

First Day- Initial Course, Optional but Recommended  Attendance for Annual Recertification

9 am gathering period, verification of no live ammunition in the classroom, payment, introductions, overview of the course, 30 min

9:30 to 11 Basic Gun Handling

11 to 12 Tactics: Preparation for the School Tactics Exercise

12-2 Lunch and the Tactics Exercise

2-4:30 Basic Gun Handling and Maintenance

4:30-4:45 Review the days material and brief for second day activities

Evening Home Security/Tactics Exercise

Second Day- Basic Range Familiarization  Day-Active Shooter Seminar

9 to 12 Range Training (winter hours the range is conducted in the afternoon). Multiple range sessions may be available that day.

1-4 Legal Aspects, Tactics Exercise Review and Written Testing

***Conclusion of NM Security Officer Level Three and NM Concealed Handgun Licensing Program

School Program Starts–Third Day- Qualification Range and Limited Visibility Familiarization ( School Personnel performing biannual certifying will start on this day.)

9-1 Range Training: Bench Rest Handgun Zeroing Exercise

1-5  Range Training, Limited/ Night Visibility Familiarization

Fourth Day- Legal Aspects and School Security Emergency Management

10-12 Active Shooter Seminar Program following FEMA Active Shooter ISP -907 integrated with school emergency plan and policies.

12-1 Lunch

1-4 Developing Violence Related Emergency Plans- State and Federal Concepts-

School Violent Situation Scenarios and Case Law/ Histories

Fifth Day- Scenario Based Training and Testing

9-11 Level One and Two Combat Advanced Courses of Fire

Movement, No shoot exercise, Use of Cover

11-1 Qualification– 3-5 Runs of the Level One Course for 80 percent passing score.

1-2 Lunch-

2-4 Written Testing- Conclude Course-Counseling- Graduation

Semiannual Recertification Requirement

Days Three through Five Repeated. State licensing renewal is available from this portion of th class. Semiannual recertification( every six months) is recommended.

Note: The Level One Combat Firearms Shooting Course is used for qualification on Day Five of the Program. Familiarization Day Four only.


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