Handgun Safety Course


The Sheriff’s Office conveniently offers the Handgun Safety Course several times per month. The course is four and one-half hours of lecture style presentation with practical application. Students are introduced to the basic operations of a handgun, safe gun handling, and general information related to confident and proficient gun ownership. Students will demonstrate basic safety and operational skills using training handguns, under the supervision of qualified Instructors.

The course is designed with the novice gun owner in mind and prepares the citizen for the unique challenges and responsibilities of Concealed Carry. In addition to those above, topics include handgun and holster selection, situational awareness, an overview of the Pistol Permit Application process, and New York State Penal Law Article 35; Defense of Justification. This is a non-shooting course.

The Handgun Safety Course satisfies the requirements set forth by the licensing authorities and the Certificate of Completion may be submitted with the applicants Pistol Permit Application. Additionally, students enrolling in Civilian Tactical Handgun Training  must complete the Handgun Safety Course given at the Sheriff's Office. 

COST: $60

REGISTER:  Handgun Safety Course



The Sheriff’s Office maintains a list of recommended instructors from around the area who teach an approved handgun safety curriculum which satisfies the requirements for Pistol Permit Application. Fees and locations vary.

For more information see Recommended Handgun Safety Course Instructors