H.R. 218 Class For Retired Law Enforcement Officers
The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation in 2007 allowing the NC Criminal Justice Education Standards Commission to “establish standards and guidelines for the annual firearms certification of qualified retired law enforcement officers.” This action was a result of the passage by the US Congress of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (known as H.R. 218) which allows for qualified and trained active law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons nationwide. Following a lengthy process, the program for qualification of retired officers has now been developed and Carolinas First Defense is now offering this specialized class to all retired law enforcement officers who reside in North Carolina.
Under the federal law, retired law enforcement officers may carry concealed firearms nationwide if they meet the definition of a “qualified retired law enforcement officer” as specified in H.R. 218 and have, within the most recent 12-month period, met the State’s standards for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms. A retired officer residing in North Carolina may meet the State’s standards by enrolling in a class provided by a certified law enforcement Specialized Firearms Instructor and successfully complete the training and qualification. After completion of the class, the retired law enforcement officer may then apply to the Criminal Justice Standards Commission for certification under the new Retired Law Enforcement Officers Firearms Qualification Certification Program. For more information pertaining to this law and the requirements set by the Federal and State government, please visit www.ncdoj.com and click on Law Enforcement Training & Standards.
This class will be a six-hour class, which includes legal updates, firearm safety, fundamentals of marksmanship, as well as daytime and nightime qualification. Qualification will include a 50-round course of fire daytime, a 50-round course of fire nightime, as well as a day and night combat course totaling 150 rounds of fire (you may want to bring more than 150 rounds of ammunition). You must qualify with every handgun that you choose to carry under the provisions of H.R. 218.
Carolinas First Defense offers a unique H.R. 218 class that is not only a class, but an experience! Not only will you walk away with the knowledge, techniques, and skills it takes to apply for your annual H.R.218 certification.
The H.R. 218 For Retired law enforcement class requires that an individual that attends must meet several minimum standards as set forth by the Federal and North Carolina Administrative Code.
Those requirements are:
a) Course must be a minimum of six (6) hours long plus range and qualification time.
b) The legal block of instruction must be a minimum of two (2) hours in length.
c) A written legal examination is required.
d) A shooting proficiency examination is required. We will be shooting a day and night course of fire.
Retired law enforcement deputies, officers, troopers, and federal/ state agents who wish to participate in a H.R. 218 Class must have the following:Time: 12PM to about 8PM
*Photo identification showing proof from the agency in which you retired.
*To be eligible for this class, you can be retired from any law enforcement agency within the United States, but your current primary residency must be in North Carolina.
*Good Quality Handgun and 150 Rounds of Ammunition "to be used at the range", Eye Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, three magazines for semi-automatic pistols, and a flashlight.
*Handguns may utilize the following calibers: .380 caliber, 9 mm, .40 caliber, .45 caliber, 357Sig, .38 Special, 357 Magnum. (No other calibers of ammunition will be allowed)
*Only handguns chambered for the approved calibers will be authorized.
*Firearms will be inspected for safety and functionality by Carolinas First Defense firearms instructors.
*Firearms found to be unsafe or un-serviceable will not be allowed on the firing line.
*NOTE! Some types of ammunition are in short supply. Please do not wait until the last minute to obtain your ammo.
* Holster (no cross draw or shoulder holsters allowed due to safety concerns.) Please bring a belt for your holster.
*Hat or Cap with brim (to deflect hot spent shells and prevent them from getting between your safety glasses and eyes).
*Loose fitting clothing with pockets works best or a coat with pockets for ammunition and magazines.
Location: Classes are held at our shop 1851 E Dixon Blvd. Shelby NC 28152. After the classroom part, we will then be traveling to the range.