“Last night in a
class of 14 people, I had eight who had actually committed a felony
associated with their firearm, and they didn’t even know it. Everyone
has their own opinion about what is legal or not, but the cold, harsh
reality is that if you do what you think is legal with a gun, you’ll
probably get charged with a serious crime.”
Joe said that his basic
advice is that anybody who handles a gun would benefit from attending a
concealed carry class, even those who have had a permit for years,
because the laws are constantly changing.
“I offer to make people
legal to carry a firearm in 40 states,” said Joe. “There are ten states
that don’t allow non-resident Oregonians in their state to carry a
concealed weapon at all. But you need to keep current on your
instruction, because many states are in a constant process of changing
Although there are other gun instructors in the area,
Joe said that there’s a huge difference between his classes and
“There are 127,000 certified gun instructors
in USA,” said Joe. “In 2011 the National Rifle Association
(NRA) ranked me as the number one instructor/recruiter in the USA. In
2012 I was ranked as number two. To the best of my knowledge, no other
instructor in Oregon has made the top 10. I’m also one of 1,500
instructors certified to train other instructors. I shoot about 1,000
rounds a week and have shot over three million rounds in my lifetime.
There are lots of instructors who have only shot several thousand
rounds. And I have done over 1,000 of these classes in my career.”
There is no shooting involved in the concealed carry
classes that Joe teaches, but he also teaches nine different skill
levels of live fire classes at the gun range.
“The concealed carry classes I teach aren’t
really all that much about guns themselves,” Joe explained.
“I am trying to get my students to avoid a tragedy. People make
mistakes when they own a gun, and then they paid high attorney fees,
they could go to prison, they could cripple or kill themselves or
others, and if they’re not prepared when someone shows
aggression, they could get hurt or killed. I have a lot of people who
are very arrogant because they happen to own guns, but hunting is very
different than defending yourself or if you’re in a criminal
I asked Joe how he got started teaching concealed carry classes.
“I’ve been instructing in the use of
firearms since I was in the Army at age 18,” he replied.
“Then ten years ago my wife was attending a concealed carry class
and she came home just disgusted by the instructor, said it was a waste
of her time, and that I could do a much better job. That was ten years
ago, and I thought that when I started that in a year I would have
taught everybody who wanted a class in this county, but here I am ten
years later still busier than I can believe.”
Joe donates the concealed carry class fees to the NRA,
USO and disabled veterans, and he says that he’s seeing an
increase in the number of seniors taking the class.
“My new clientele has reached the point where 80
or 90% of it comes referrals,” said Joe. “I like to keep my
ad in the South Coast Shopper so that I can complete with instructors
who advertise on the internet, which I don’t do. After every
class I usually have a whole bunch of people who come up to me and
shake my hand, saying it’s the best class they’ve ever
taken, and that I’ve opened their eyes to information
they’ve never considered before.”
Joe said that the the biggest thing he wants
people to be aware of when signing up for a concealed carry class is
that it’s not going to be anything like they will expect.
“I guarantee that you’ll be surprised if you take my class,” he said.
If you’re interested in taking a concealed carry class, give Joe a call at 541-290-2498.
“There’s an awful lot of complacency in this
country when it comes to owning a gun,” said Joe.
“There’s a lot of anti-gun movements out there, and popular
opinion seems to be shifting away from owning guns. I want people to be
aware that we could lose our gun rights very easily.”