Periodically, for a variety of reasons, a crazed gunman or terrorist will choose to attack
a location, with a goal to kill everyone in sight. They usually choose soft targets like
churches, schools, or movie theaters. Schools and movie theaters have to jump
through a lot of hoops to create a legally viable security plan, but churches do not; by state
law, they are allowed to enable unmarked volunteer security teams, made up of
church members who already have a License to Carry. Ideally, those people should
have additional training of the type commonly called Active Shooter Training.
This class is designed to train and evaluate volunteers to carry defensive handguns
on a church campus, and is modelled after the ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training)
courses taught to police officers, as well as the State Certification course taught to teachers.
Participants are required to already have a valid Texas License to Carry
(LTC, formerly known as CHL), as that skill level would be a starting point.
Participants should have a handgun and holster suitable for carry in a church setting,
and of sufficient caliber to stop a threat (preferably 9mm or above).
During the 8 hours of instruction we walk students through real-world scenarios and situations where
they must defend church members against active shooters or other threats, including significant
The four core topics covered in this course are
- Recognizing threats, and protection against active shooters
- Tactics for denying an intruder entry into public areas or classrooms
- Methods for increasing a license holders' accuracy with a handgun while under duress
- Interaction of license holders with first responders
The range training includes diagnosis of an individual's strengths/weaknesses, drawing from a holster,
accuracy, methods to improve accuracy under duress, and the Dallas PD Pistol Qualification.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Certificate of Training
from McKinney Firearms Training.
The cost for this training is $100.00 per person (you provide a handgun and ammo, 300 rounds).
Classes require a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 7. There are no other fees. The classroom portion
would have to be done at the church. No guns would be used in that venue.