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, 250 rounds).
Classes require a minimum of 3 people. There are no other fees.
This class is only scheduled periodically. If you would like to be notified when a class is scheduled,
submit your email here. Opt out any time.