(Minnesota Permit to Carry Certificate)

This is an eight hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 125 rounds of ammunition. The NRA Personal Protection in the Home class is for law-abiding adult citizens as defined by applicable federal, state, or local laws and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm). ​Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by:

  • Passing the pre-course assessment
  • Possessing NRA Basic Pistol Course Completion Certificate
  • NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate
  • NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card
  • military DD 214 with pistol qualification

Topics Covered:

  • Pre-Course Assessment
  • Basic Defensive Shooting Skills
  • Strategies for Home Safety
  • Responding to a violent confrontation
  • Firearms and the Law
  • How to choose a handgun for self-defense
  • Continued opportunities for skill development
  • ​Live Fire Training/Qualification

Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individuals right to self-defense. 

Students will received the NRA Personal Protection in the Home student packet contains the Personal Protection in the Home Handbook, Student Exam and Course Completion Certificate & the Minnesota Permit to Carry Certificate.

Minnesota Permit to Carry

The following must be met to apply for a Minnesota Permit to Carry:

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age
  2. Must complete an application form
  3. Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under - Minnesota Statute 624.714
  4. Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system
  5. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota County Sheriff
  6. Must provide Certificate of completed authorized firearms training.
  7. Training by a certified instructor must be completed with in one year of an original or renewal application. 

The instructor as well as your successful completion certificate for this course will meet the requirement of #6. You the student are responsible for #1-5 if you wish to apply for a permit to carry in Minnesota

Students will need to have:

  • HANDGUN – 
    • We recommend using a handgun appropriate for self-defense chambered in a minimum caliber of .380ACP/.38 caliber.​
    • We recommend using a full sized pistol  (e.g. Glock 17), compact pistol (e.g. Glock 19), or sub-compact pistol (e.g. Glock 26, 43, or 42) chambered in minimum .380 ACP/.38 caliber.​
      • ​We do not recommend the use of  “Pocket Pistols” which are a very small handgun usually in .25, .32, or .380 calibers.  Their small size and complexity will greatly increase the difficulty level of learning new techniques and could cause increased frustration on the part of the student
      • No Derringers are allowed
      • No single-action revolvers are allowed.
      • The use of  a .22 Long Rifle caliber pistols is acceptable - if you have questions please contact the instructor.
  • Rental handguns available on a limited availability - Contact us to find out more!​
  • ​​2 Magazines Minimum. It is recommend students have 3 - 4 Magazines or speed loads.
  • 125 rounds of ammunition new factory ammunition only - no reloads
  • Eye Protection 
  • Hearing Protection (Electronic Earmuffs recommended)
  • Ball Cap (optional)
  • ​​Recommended - Note taking materials or Printed copies of your front load study materials to utilize during the class.


8 Hours

$125.00 +tax


Phone: 1-605-360-5734