NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course

What to expect:

This course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot rifles. Students learn: This Class is a two day course.

  • NRA’s rules for safe gun handling
  • Fifle parts and operation
  • Ammunition
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Range rules
  • Shooting from the bench rest, prone, sitting, standing and kneeling positions
  • Cleaning
  • Continued opportunities for skill development.

Students will receive the Basics of Rifle Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Rifle Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.



The bill creates a new gun credential: a long gun eligibility certificate. The bill sets the minimum age for a long gun eligibility certificate at 18, whereas existing law sets a minimum age of 21 for a handgun eligibility certificate. Otherwise, the bill's provisions concerning the long gun eligibility certificate are substantially similar to the provisions for handgun eligibility certificates under existing law and the bill.

Thus, among numerous other things:

1. DESPP issues the long gun eligibility certificates;

2. the fee for an initial or renewal certificate is $35, and the certificate is good for five years;

3. applicants are ineligible for various reasons, including convictions for a felony or specified misdemeanors or certain mental health history;

4. applicants must complete background checks;

5. anyone aggrieved by an adverse action concerning a certificate or application may appeal to the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, following existing procedures in statutes for appeals of issuing officials' decisions for other gun credentials; and

6. the DESPP commissioner must include information about such certificates in the database he currently maintains for sellers to verify the validity of a purchaser's gun credential.

Unlike the case with handgun eligibility certificates, the bill does not provide for temporary eligibility certificates for long guns.

As is the case for handgun eligibility certificates, a long gun eligibility certificate can be revoked upon the occurrence of any event that would have disqualified the holder from being issued the certificate. If the certificate is revoked, DESPP must notify the person in writing, and the person must deliver it to the commissioner. Failure to deliver it within five days of the notification is a class A misdemeanor.


The bill creates several requirements regarding the sale of long guns, except between federally licensed firearm (1) manufacturers and dealers, (2) importers and dealers, or (3) dealers.

Age Restriction on Retail Sale of Long Guns

The bill prohibits the retail sale of long guns to anyone under 18 years of age. If the long gun is a semi-automatic centerfire rifle that has or accepts a magazine with a capacity of more than five rounds, the purchaser must be at least 21. This stricter limitation does not apply to members or employees of local police departments, the DESPP, the Department of Correction (DOC), or state or U.S. military or naval members, for use in the discharge of their duties.



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