Parks and Rec Offers Concealed Carry Classes

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- Before you can get your concealed carry license, you must complete a safety course as a requirement to apply.

Rockingham County Parks and Recreation is hosting three concealed weapons classes through March. The classes are hosted by Dubby's Hunting and Fishing but contracted out to a company called, Defensive Solutions. They are taught by a certified instructor.

"You're going to get that hands on experience learning the gun, and all the guidelines, and laws and things like that. This is a very in depth class that we offer here," said Howard Taylor with Rockingham County Parks and Recreation.

The parks and recreation department hosted four of these classes last year.

Taylor said interest is growing and people are very satisfied with the courses. He said they have about 15 people in each class right now and if more people continue to sign up, they can move to a bigger facility.

Brandon Mawyer with Defensive Solutions Elite Training said his course is the most detailed and in-depth in Virginia.

"It is important to me that people understand that this course is different. In Va, Minimal training is required to get a concealed permit, so most instructors teach the minimum. Majority of courses offered as a "concealed carry course" are simply just a basic pistol course. My course is well above basic, although we do cover the basics. What sets this course apart is that after the basics we go in depth of Va and federal law, followed by preparing the student for a real life situation. I teach the psychological and physiological affects on the body when presented with a situation. We teach how to minimize those affects and how to train to better prepare to survive these dangerous situations. This is the most detailed and in depth course in Va, designed by law enforcement, military, private security and professional competition shooters."

You can contact Mawyer through email: or on the Defensive Solutions Elite Training Facebook page.

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