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"Rick, Sorry that it has taken me so long to thank you. Although the class alone can't protect me or my family from danger, it has improved our ability to defend ourselves. The techniques and information that we covered in the class have taught me to be more aware and prepared period. I am more confident and comfortable when I leave home, knowing that I'm better prepared to address potentially dangerous confrontational situations. Once again thank you and I look forward to Session II (Personal Protection Outside The Home Course)."
- Mr. A. L. Odell III, Auto Industry Employee, Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan 48075
"Hello Rick. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Just to let you know, I've got my CCW license and I bought a 9mm S+W (M&P) semi-automatic. I had intentions of getting a revolver, but after seeing and shooting your semi-automatic, I changed my mind. As for your class, I found that you were not only knowledgeable but you were also enthusiastic. What really impressed me was the fact that when we went to the gun range, I was a little short on money, you were kind enough to let me use your gun. This is what convinced me to buy a 9mm. I appreciate your help and I would (and do) recommend your class to anyone wanting to get their permit. Thank you."
- Mr. C. W. Miller, Retiree, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48219
"Rick, I really enjoyed your CCW Class and found it to be very informative. Having an attorney come in to speak about various laws and priviledges with the permit was very helpful. I would have enjoyed more instruction and shooting time at the range. It was a good class, very efficient, and informative. I will be sure to pass along your name to anyone considering a CCW."
- Mr. B. Jaussi, Novi, Oakland County, Michigan 48575
"Rick, from the very beginning you showed a very professional demeanor. You also did this while being a friendly guy. You extended your knowledge, experience, and information, in a fun way but when it came time to get critical info or techniques across you became very serious to get the point across effectively. I totally appreciated your class and when I am ready to advance in my training in the area of becoming a 'PROFESSIONAL' in the use of a sidearm I will be in touch. I am sorry it took so long to get back to you but I pray that 'better late than never' applies. Sincerely,"
- Mr. M. Kleckler, Ferndale, Oakland County, Michigan 48220
"Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit CCW class provided an excellent introduction to understanding personal firearm basics, personal safety best practices, ccw application procedural instructions, and legal implications with firearm ownership. Rick Ector and his assistant kept the class interesting with sharing personal experiences, demonstrating basic firearm techniques, discussing legal matters with a lawyer, and concluding with an exciting practice session at the firing range. Whether or not you pursue a CCW/CPL application, this class is certainly a memorable one."
- Mr. N. Franklin, Automotive Engineer, Rochester Hills, Oakland County, Michigan 48309
"I found the class to be very informative. Rick delivered information in a way to be understood, interactive, and enjoyable - not boring. I would take other classes that Rick teaches. Thank you for a good experience."
- Ms. K. Dolgos, Redford, Wayne County, Michigan 48239
"Rick Ector's firearm safety class provides a comprehensive introduction to the possession and use of firearms for personal defense. The knowledge gained in this class is invaluable to both novices and experienced firearm owners. Mr. Ector's sincere presentation of the materials is insightful and serves as a reminder of the care and safety which must be exercised when using firearms. The course is taught in a comfortable environment which is not intimidating to the first-time gun user. Any gun owner can benefit from taking this course."
- Mr. J. Boyer, Attorney At Law, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan 48207
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Michigan Basic Pistol Safety Pamphlet
As documented in our article, "How To Buy A Handgun In Michigan," eligible handgun purchasers who do not have a Concealed Pistol License may be required to pass an exam (i.e. The Michigan Basic Pistol Safety Questionnaire) with a minimum score of 70% correct before they will be issued a 10 Day Purchase Permit. Individuals desiring to take the test should consult the information presented below to acquire the prerequisite knowledge to pass the exam.
Michigan Basic Pistol Safety Pamphlet
  • The statutory requirements appearing in this pamphlet pertain to Michigan residents only. Additional restrictions on possessing and transporting pistols in Michigan apply to non residents.

  • Firearms ownership carries with it a responsibility of safeguarding the welfare of others and yourself when handling firearms. Accident prevention is the user's responsibility. It is the responsibility of a pistol owner to know what the law is pertaining to ownership, possession, transportation and use of pistols.

  • It is advisable to have a serious discussion with family members concerning a pistol and stressing the danger of careless or unsafe use.

  • A basic rule in pistol safety is to never assume that a pistol is unloaded. You should treat every pistol as if it were loaded.

  • A pistol should always be unloaded when not in use and the ammunition stored separately from the pistol. It is generally recommended that the cylinder assembly of a revolver and the barrel assembly of a semi-automatic be removed from the frame for long term storage. Both the ammunition and the firearm should be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children.

  • The improper storage of a pistol at home could result in the arming of a criminal breaking into the home or the injury or death of a child who discovers the pistol and plays with it.

  • Discharging a pistol at a range without proper ear and eye protection could result in permanent damage to those senses.

  • For the safety of yourself and others, be sure the barrel is clear of any obstructions before shooting. Obstructions such as snow, dirt, excess grease or lubricating oil in the bore may cause increased pressures which could damage the pistol and cause injury.

  • On a semi-automatic pistol, you should keep the safety on and / or action open unless firing.

  • Never put your finger on the trigger until ready to fire at a proper target. A proper target is knowing what is beyond the target and in the line of fire.

  • You should always keep the barrel pointed in a safe direction, even when dry firing, loading or unloading. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur if the barrel is pointed in a safe direction

  • Dropping a loaded pistol may cause an accidental discharge, even with the safety on.

  • Bullets can glance off many surfaces like rocks, the surface of water and other flat surfaces. Glancing bullets travel in unpredictable directions with considerable velocity capable of causing injury or death.

  • When purchasing a pistol, the buyer must first obtain a License To Purchase a pistol. This license is obtainable from the local police agency.

  • It is illegal to loan a pistol to another person, unless that person obtains a License To Purchase a pistol. The law considers the private loan of a pistol as a sale.

  • The law requires that when presenting a pistol to police for a safety inspection it is unloaded and encased or equipped with a trigger locking mechanism.

  • A License to Carry Concealed Pistols is generally required for transporting a pistol, loaded or unloaded, in a motor vehicle.

  • Without a Concealed Pistols License you are limited to transporting a pistol unloaded, in a wrapper or container, in the trunk of a vehicle only in the following circumstances:
    • en route to or from a hunting or target shooting area, provided you are in possession of a valid Michigan hunting license or membership in a organization that has target shooting range facilities.
    • transporting from the place of purchase, to your home, or place of business, or place of repair.
    • in moving goods from one place of abode or business to another place of abode or business.
    • to your local police agency, within 10 days of purchase, to obtain a Safety Inspection Certificate (registration)
    • If the vehicle doesn't have a trunk, the pistol may be transported in the passenger compartment for the above purposes (1 through 4), provided it is unloaded, in a wrapper or container, and not readily accessible to the occupants of the vehicle.

      Note - Full time peace officers are not required to obtain a Concealed Pistols License.

  • When hunting with a pistol, the pistol must be carried in a holster or belt, in plain view, on the outside of your clothing, unless you have a Concealed Pistol License for hunting, or a non restricted Concealed Pistol License.
  • The law requires a person to report the theft of a pistol to police within 5 days of having knowledge of the theft.

  • Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances should be avoided when using firearms. Possession and use of firearms while under the influence is unlawful and constitutes a reckless disregard for safety.

  • It is a felony crime to:
    • (a) discharge a pistol in a facility or from a motor vehicle, snowmobile or off road vehicle in a manner as to endanger the safety of another person.
    • (b) discharge a firearm at a facility that is a dwelling or an occupied structure.

  • A person can be held criminally and civilly liable for wrongfully pointing or discharging a pistol at another person. This could result in trauma to yourself and your family, the loss of freedom, loss of employment, related wages and health benefits, and future wages and employment.

  • With certain exceptions, it is unlawful to possess a firearm in a bank, church, school, day care center, court, theater, sports arena, hospital, or any establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
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