Civilian Response to an Active Shooter

This two-day course was designed for Civilians and Business Professionals who may find themselves engaged by an Active Shooter.  Active Shooters have targeted places of worship, military bases, shopping malls, movie theaters, political rallies, social gatherings, and businesses.  While it is always recommended to avoid confrontation, there are times when that isn't possible.  A family member or loved one may be in jeopardy or hurt and require immediate aid.  The shooter may be located between you and all avenues of escape.  You may have exhausted other means and found that fleeing and hiding hasn't worked.  More than 70% of Active Shooter Incidents are over before law enforcement arrives on scene.  With law enforcement response times running over ten minutes, it is very possible that waiting for someone to save you isn't an option.

While this course can in no way address every scenario, it is a foundation for preparedness.  The concept of making the business place less appealing to an Active Shooter through "Target Hardening" will be discussed.  Business Owners or representatives are asked to bring any Emergency Plans to the course for review and workshopping.  We will also discuss strategies for families or couples to use in the event that they become involved in an armed confrontation.  Students will take a written test at the end of Day 1 to show their understanding of the material.  Students will  qualify on the Georgia Semi-Auto Pistol Qualification Course (GSAC) at the end of Day 2.  Obtaining a minimum score of 80% on the GSAC is the standard established by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council as an annual requirement for Georgia Law Enforcement Officers to carry a weapon.

Students may elect to attend Both days or only Day 1.


  • A Historical Perspective of Active Shooter Events
  • Developing and Maintaining a Safety Plan
  • Situational Awareness and the Four Stages of Alertness
  • Identifying Safety Concerns in a Building
  • Georgia Law
  • Judicious Use of Deadly Force
  • Equipment and Ammunition Considerations
  • An Understanding of Ballistics
  • A Critique of "Run, Hide, Fight"
  • Identifying Common Firearm Malfunctions
  • Law Enforcement Response to an Active Shooter
  • Basic Room Clearing
  • Rendering Emergency Medical Aid
  • Tactics for Couples and Families

Students attending Day 1 should bring material for taking notes, comfortable clothing, and functional footwear (no open toes or heels).


The second day will focus on firearm manipulation skills and practical applications for the knowledge gained during day one.  This will include:

  • Concealed Carry Methods
  • Obtaining and Presenting the Weapon From Concealment
  • Target Engagement
  • Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Reloading Techniques
  • Malfunction Clearing
  • Practical Firearms Examination

Students attending day 2 should bring:

  • A handgun (semi-automatic or revolver) in good working order
  • Two or more spare magazines or speed loaders for your firearm and a storage method for them
  • A concealment garment
  • A strong side belt holster for your firearm*
  • Approximately 500 rounds of ammunition for your firearm
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • A hat
  • Cleaning supplies and tools for your weapon

* Shoulder holsters, small of the back holsters, or cross-draw holsters WILL NOT BE ALLOWED on the range without prior approval due to safety concerns.