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 5 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 range training that is on par with police qualifications.
The four core topics covered in this course are
The range training includes diagnosis of an individual's strengths/weaknesses, drawing from a holster, accuracy, methods to improve accuracy under duress, and the FBI Agent Qualification Course of Fire.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Certificate of Training from McKinney Firearms Training.
The cost for this training is $125.00 per person (you provide a handgun and ammo, 250 rounds). Classes require a minimum of 4 people. There are no other fees. The classroom portion would have to be done at the church. No guns would be used in that venue.