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 "Run-Hide-Fight". Texas implements this
with a program referred to as ALERRT Training (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training).
This class is designed to train and evaluate volunteers to carry defensive handguns
on a church campus. Participants are required to already have a valid Texas License to Carry
(LTC, formerly known as CHL).
The Dept of Public Safety has designed a course called the School Safety Certification. While only
public and charter school employees can receive the certification, anyone can take the course.
Non-school employees would receive a certificate from McKinney Firearms Training. The training
would be the same, except that non-school employees would be allowed to retake the required intake
testing if necessary.
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 16 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
- Interaction of license holders with first responders
- Tactics for denying an intruder entry into public areas or classrooms
- Methods for increasing a license holders' accuracy with a handgun while under duress
In addition, although not a requirement for the course, our students will be coached on, and take,
the FBI Agent Pistol Qualification. If you pass it, that will be reported to your organization as
a significant upgrade to your skill-set.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Certificate of Training
from McKinney Firearms Training.
The cost for this training is $200.00 per person (you provide a handgun and ammo, 300 rounds).
Classes require a minimum of 2 people. There are no other fees.
This class is only scheduled periodically. It will usually be listed as School Safety Training. Register for that,
and manually change the amount.
If you would like to be notified when a class is scheduled,
submit your email here. Opt out any time.