Handgun Safety Course

***CLASS CLOSINGS DUE TO COVID-19All civilian handgun training classes, including the Handgun Safety Course, have been suspended until the beginning of May.  The Pistol Permit Office is closed to in-person transactions until the beginning of May. The sixty-day requirement of completion of the Handgun Safety Course for the Pistol Permit Application, and all other timelines, have been temporarily waived. Applicants will be given adequate time to complete the Handgun Safety Course requirement before the submission of their application. 

All registered students will be contacted and rescheduled for the first available class. Please do not contact the Pistol Permit Office regarding class closings. 


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 applicant’s Pistol Permit Application. 

NOTE: Completion of the Handgun Safety course taught at the Sheriff’s Office is a pre-requisite to admission into the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training program. Students interested in enrolling in  Civilian Tactical Handgun Training must complete the Handgun Safety Course given at the Sheriff’s Office location, 110 Wells Farm Road, Goshen NY. 

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