NRA Launches Online Gun Safety Courses

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Fairfax, Va. – In response to the growing number of first-time gun buyers during the coronavirus outbreak, the National Rifle Association’s Education & Training Division is pleased to announce the launch of four new online gun safety courses.

“These courses will provide an option for first-time gun owners who don’t have the ability to take an NRA certified instructor-led class at their local shooting range at this time,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. “While there is no replacement for in-person, instructor-led training, our new online classes do provide the basics of firearm safety training for those self-isolating at home.”

Those courses include:

  • Gun Safety Seminar
  • NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – Distance Learning
  • NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course – Distance Learning
  • NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course – Distance Learning

Each course, lasting from one to eight hours, is available at

Though range time is part of some of the classes (Basics of Pistol Shooting – Distance Learning & Personal Protection in the Home – Distance Learning), there is still a wealth of knowledge available in every online section.

“The NRA recommends that all new gun owners seek professional training at the range, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on learning the basics of firearm safety at home. New gun owners, old gun owners, it doesn’t really matter. Taking one of these classes moderated by a certified NRA instructor, can only make you safer, and that’s our primary goal,” DeBergalis added. ​

The NRA also offers the award-winning gun accident prevention Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program ( nationwide and the NRA Hunters Education program ( in selected states to help those safeguard their home and to be safe and responsible when they go afield.

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  • dave brown April 17, 2020, 11:46 am

    WEll I will be dipped, Wonders exist in the 21st Century. Way back when The NRA attracted me into the Shooting Sports at the age of 12. Here is a hint, I turned 18 with a draft # of 252 to Nam, and that same year I got To Vote, plus I could drink 3.2 legally in SD. So I have been voting for 50 years, and I have never voted a straight ticket as I don’t much care for either the left or the right, but I digress. I joined the NRA at 18, but dropped em along the way as they got into the money and forgot who they were, but maybe they can make a come back. For years I have been telling The Right to Use Attraction to try to educate the Left on Guns. I don’t think it has been tried much so maybe Times Are A Changing. I figure about half the right ain’t that much into guns, and half the left are into guns, yet we fight for what we believe is right. I have been a gunner for a long time and I still believe we need Our FFL System which is a form of Gun Control. I have lived and shot during many differnt kinds of gun control that really did not hurt me much.

    So I am Pumped that The NRA just might get back to its roots, and if so the rest of US might join them.

    Now my major complaints even with my belief that reasonable gun control wont hurt the honest gun nuts is why we do not have National Carry, come on DC and The Right I want it Yesterday. Also, why are almost all of our Government Building and Offices Gun Free Zone? If those that are anti any form of gun control could swallow what they just read, and then do something to change it We would be better of as Gunners. God Bless USA All, even that guy I don’t like much…………………..

    • James Randolph April 17, 2020, 3:40 pm

      @dave brown

      My story is almost identical to yours. I am also a 5-discipline NRA certified Instructor and a 20+ year competitive shooter. I have conducted more free Firearms classes than I can count. ANYTHING that promotes firearm safety will always get my vote. Reasonable firearm safety laws COULD get my vote, however those “reasonable” laws don’t take long to become unreasonable.

      Take the “BRADY BUNCH” for example. They first stated that they were only interested in banning firearms that werte cheap and had no legitimate purpose. They got that, but now look at their overreach!. What now brown cow? Truely a causionary tale. Pity…

  • Semperfit April 17, 2020, 9:07 am

    Now the NRA will lobby politicians to make gun safety courses mandatory when buying a gun, thereby pushing gun owners to their org.

    • Kane April 17, 2020, 11:11 am

      You post makes no sense. It seems like you are supporting the anti 2A cause. If you do NOT want to support the NRA then detail what relevant organizations you do support and in what form your support takes.

      The list starts here

  • Big John April 17, 2020, 8:39 am

    That’s nice…now if they’d wise up and get rid of that leech and con man Wayne LaPierre maybe they’d become relevant again. Until then NOT ONE THIN DIME!

    GOA All the way Baby

    • Kane April 17, 2020, 11:05 am

      Meanwhile, what will you do to support 2A?

  • Tim April 17, 2020, 8:36 am

    Glad to see the nra finally doing something positive again. After the fallout from their most recent scandal they have been mostly silent while the anti 2a attacks have increased. They have alot of work to do and some house cleaning before they get another dollar from me, but online training courses for the new gun owning public is a start. If you feel the same way please support other 2a groups such as fpc, Goa, your local state organizations, and others who are still in the trenches fighting tooth nail and lawsuit for our natural right to self defense and our constitutional right to be ready for militia service should our country and its inhabitants need it.

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