Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I enroll in an NRA Course?

NRA classes go above and beyond the requirements needed to obtain a Concealed Weapon or Firearms License. The classes are comprehensive and cover everything from firearm safety, to an understanding of the firearm and its functions, cleaning, furthering your overall firearm knowledge. The shooting requirements for the courses help the student to not only satisfy the state mandated competency requirements, but also help the student develop and improve their shooting skills. Unlike your "run-of-the-mill" concealed weapon or firearms license classes, where the student is only expected to demonstrate their ability at firing a pistol, NRA courses teach the student the different fundamentals of shooting (stance, sight alignment, sight picture, etc.) and help to enhance the student's marksmanship skills. All NRA Classes with a shooting component (First STEPS Pistol, First STEPS Rifle, First STEPS Shotgun, Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun and Personal Protection in the Home Courses) qualify you to obtain the State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearms License. 

What are the requirements for obtaining a State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License?

  • Meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
  • Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (US) AND be a US citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the US Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. If you are not a US citizen, submit documentation issued by the USCIS proving you are a permanent legal resident alien with proof you have resided in the state of residence (as shown on your application) for at least 90 consecutive days prior to the date the application is submitted.
  • Submit the required application package, application fee (not included in your training fee), training completion certificate, passport-sized photograph and fingerprints to the Florida Department of Agriculture for processing.

I want to obtain my State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearms License, what course do you recommend I take?

  • If you already own a personal firearm (pistol or revolver), we recommend you take the NRA First Steps Pistol Course. This course will be tailored to the specific action type for the firearm you own.
  • If you do not already own a firearm or, you are seeking a comprehensive overview of the different action types for personal knowledge or eventually purchasing a firearm, I recommend taking the NRA Basic Pistol Course.

Either course exceeds the training requirements for the State of Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

Can I take classes if I already possess a Concealed Weapons License?

Yes. Matter of fact, we encourage you to continue expanding upon your firearm training and education. There is always something to be learned. If you already possess your Concealed Weapons License, perhaps you may benefit from taking one of the NRA Basic or First Step Courses. Many of the courses offered to obtain a Concealed Weapons license only evaluate your ability to handle a gun and go over the laws applicable to the possession of concealed weapons or firearms, but do not necessarily go  into the what is involved in shooting, firearm ownership, safety and maintenance. However, our NRA Basic or First Steps classes will go in-depth into the firearms, ammunition, cleaning, shooting techniques, stance and more that is often not covered in a Concealed Weapons Class. Furthermore, shooting is a skill that needs to be continually practiced and developed. The more you do it, the better you become. More often than not, a person took a concealed weapons class, and has not practiced over several months or even years, forgetting their fundamentals. Taking one of our classes may help refresh those skills, and also enhance them. If you've already taken a First Steps or Basic Class in one discipline, we also encourage you to continue your training and education by exploring other shooting disciplines (i.e., pistol or rifle or shotgun).

Are the instructors certified?

Yes. Miami Firearms Academy, Inc., provides quality instructors who are certified, bringing with them several years of experience in the use of firearms.  Your instructors continually take the time to enhance and develop their education and training in order to present you with the most up-to-date information and training. At minimum, your instructors are Certified Firearms Instructors and Range Safety Officers, certified by the National Rifle Association.

What will I receive when I register for a course?

  • Upon your completed course registration you will receive an e-mail from Miami Firearms Academy, Inc. confirming your enrollment in the course.
  • For NRA courses, you will receive the applicable course package (which includes: NRA Student Handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules Brochure, Basic Practical Rocker and Flyer, Basic Firearm Training Program Brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program Booklet, and Student Exam).
  • You will also receive quality training and instruction provided by a certified instructor.
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate, signed and certified by your instructor.
  • For students registering in any firearm course, a State of Florida, Department of Agricuture and Consumer Services, Concealed Weapon or Firearms License Application Package, along with filing instructions will be provided upon the request of the student.

What do I need to bring with me to a course?

    • A notepad/notebook
    • Pen or Pencil
    • The firearm you will be using, if using a personal firearm (personal firearms are subject to inspection)
    • Eye and Ear Protection is recommended (will be provided if unable to provide)
    • Range Fee, payable directly to the range (course registration confirmation will list applicable range fee).
    • The firearm you will be using, if using a personal firearm (personal firearms are subject to inspection).
    • Factory-loaded Ammunition in the caliber specific to the firearm you will be using. Sorry, no reloads permitted.  For either the NRA First Step Pistol or Basic Pistol Courses you will need no less than 100 rounds (ammunition requirements for the other courses will be provided in your registration confirmation)
    • If you do not own a personal firearm, one may be provided with the necessary ammunition at an additional cost and upon prior arrangement.



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