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Yes; however, all students interested in enrolling in the Civilian Tactical Handgun Training program must first complete the Handgun Safety Course taught at the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office safety curriculum is the first in the seven-course series that prepares civilians for handgun ownership, shooting fundamentals, and Concealed Carry in the state of New York. Students who complete a Handgun Safety Course other than the Sheriff’s Office must register and pay for the Handgun Safety Course. A user credit is then applied to the students account to be used when registering for the next course in the series.
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The Handgun Safety Course is conveniently offered at the Sheriff’s Office, taught by a team of qualified Instructors. The Handgun Safety Course is offered several times a month. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has established a list of recommended instructors from around the area who teach a common syllabus. Students may also complete a Handgun Safety class with any certified handgun instructor. See posted letter above from the Orange County Licensing Authority (Judges).
Visit our course registration site. You must create an account first and then you will be able to register for an available class. Be advised your class enrollment is not confirmed until your credit card payment is completed. Make sure you receive an email receipt with confirmation of your enrollment and payment. Check your SPAM or JUNK folder if you do not see an email from "Rec Mail 1@firstname.lastname@example.org". Read carefully all forms attached to your receipt. The forms contain important information regarding attendance.
It is recommended your Safety Course Certificate should be issued no more than six months prior to the start of your application. However, due to the significant increase in permits in the county and delay for fingerprinting appointments, the issued from date is extended to twelve months prior to the start of your application.
Yes, see letter posted above from the Orange County Licensing Authority (Judges).
No, the training program is designed for civilians seeking a handgun permit (or who have a permit) and who have limited experience and training which would prepare them for a real-world violent encounter.
The issuance of credits and refunds is determined on a case by case basis. The Sheriff’s Office does not issue refunds for missed training classes when proper notice was not given. Forty eight hours (48) notice before the start of the registered class is required for a credit or refund. If the Sheriff’s Office cancels or reschedules a class, students will be notified immediately. Every effort will be made to reschedule the canceled class in a timely manner or move students into other available classes. If neither meets the needs of the student, a credit or refund will be issued upon request by the student.