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NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home

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Every year the Illinois State Police publish the Crime in Illinois Report which details statistics for various offenses committed in the state for the previous year. One of the most common illegal entries into a home is burglary and for 2012 Cook County this offense occurred 34,152 times through the course of the year.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, published a report in 2010 entitled [The] National Crime Victimization Survey: Victimization During Household Burglary — a detailed report which breaks down the various crimes which occur when a burglary is committed — consider, for example, the following quote:

An estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary. In 7% of all household burglaries, a household member experienced some form of violent victimization.

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home is designed as the first step toward educating students who are concerned for their safety and are interested in keeping a firearm in their home for defensive purposes.

This is a comprehensive course that involves eight hours of classroom instruction and a minimum shooting requirement of one hundred rounds on the firing range.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Preventing, preparing, and dealing with a home invasion
  • Family plan of action
  • Calling 911
  • Proper protocol
  • Setting up a safe room in your home as a holding point or point of retreat
  • Dealing with first responder arrival in event of a defensive use of lethal force
  • Firearm safety
  • Mental preparation
  • Developing defensive shooting skills
  • Strategies for home and personal safety
  • Firearms and self-defense
  • Selecting firearms, ammunition, and accessories for personal protection

Range Requirement
There is a minimum requirement of 100 rounds (minimum) fired for this certification; this requirement must be fulfilled in the presence of the instructor in order to earn the certificate and is typically covered the day the course is taught.

You can provide your own firearm, eye, and ear protection or you may choose to rent these items (inquire with us for options). You must also provide your own factory-made ammunition as reloads are not allowed. We suggest purchasing your ammunition ahead of time as there is no guarantee the range will have the ammunition in stock at the time we visit the range.

Illinois law as written states that completion of this course will fulfill the first eight credit hours towards your Illinois Conceal Carry Permit training requirement.


One of the following is required:

  • NRA Basic Pistol Course
  • NRA First Steps Course Certificate
  • NRA Pistol Competitive Shooting Qualification Card
  • Military DD 214 with Pistol Qualification
  • Passed the pre-course assessment

You will need a valid FOID card if you are an Illinois resident and want to attend this class. You may also attend the class if you are accompanied by a valid FOID card holder.

We encourage you to bring your own firearm as this will likely be the firearm you are most comfortable using. Your firearm should be unloaded and secured in its proper case. Your firearm will be inspected by the instructor when you enter the classroom. No live ammunition will be allowed in the classroom. Please secure your ammunition in your vehicle when you attend the class.

What you earn:
Upon completion of this course you will receive an NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home certificate suitable for framing. You will also receive a student packet that contains an NRA Basics of Personal Protection in the Home handbook to use as a reference as well as other helpful literature to further enhance your abilities as a safe and responsible gun owner.

Register for a class

This course costs $150 and takes one business day — see below for the next scheduled course date. Note that group discounts are available so feel free to contact us for information about group rates.

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