Course Title: H.R. 218
Course Prefix: HR218
Cost: $125
Age: 21+

H.R. 218

In 2007 The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation allowing the NC Criminal Justice Education Standards Commission to “establish standards and guidelines for annual firearms certification of qualified retired law enforcement officers.” The passage by the US Congress of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (known as H.R. 218) which allows for qualified and trained active law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed handguns nationwide. Point Blank Range Training Academy is now offering this specialized class to all retired law enforcement officers who reside in North Carolina.

Federal law states, retired law enforcement officers may carry concealed firearms nationwide if they meet the definition of a “qualified retired law enforcement officer” as specified in H.R. 218 and have, within the most recent 12-month period, met the State’s standards for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms. A retired officer residing in North Carolina may meet the State’s standards by enrolling in a class provided by a certified law enforcement Specialized Firearms Instructor and successfully complete the training and qualification. After completion of the class, the retired law enforcement officer may then apply to the Criminal Justice Standards Commission for certification under the new Retired Law Enforcement Officers Firearms Qualification Certification Program. For more information pertaining to this law and the requirements set by the Federal and State government, please visit and click on Law Enforcement Training & Standards.

This will be approximatley a four-hour class, which includes legal updates, firearm safety, fundamentals of marksmanship, as well as daytime and simulated night-time qualification. Qualification will include: 31-round course of fire daytime, 31-round course of fire simulated night-time and new for 2016 a 16-round combat course, totaling 78-rounds per handgun. You must qualify with every handgun that you choose to carry under the provisions of H.R. 218.

The H.R. 218 for Retired law enforcement class requires that an individual that attends must meet several minimum standards as set forth by the Federal and North Carolina Administrative Code.

Those requirements are:
Approximately a 6 hour class total in addition to qualification day and night and a combat course.   Min of 70 % is required to pass.  Shooter must be able to physically be able to fire from the standing position, also standing to kneeling position and standing to prone firing position. 

Required Equipment:
Retired law enforcement deputies, officers, troopers, and federal/ state agents who wish to participate in a H.R. 218 Class must have the following:

  • Photo identification showing proof from the agency from which you retired.
  • To be eligible for this class, you can be retired from any law enforcement agency within the United States, but your current primary residency must be in North Carolina.
  • Good quality handgun and 100 Rounds per firearm of ammunition “to be used at the range”, eye protection, hearing protection, three magazines for semi-automatic pistols, 4 speed loaders for revolvers and a flashlight.
  • Allowed handguns calibers: .32 ACP .380 caliber, 9 mm, .40 caliber, .45 caliber, 357Sig, .38 Special, 357 Magnum. No other calibers of ammunition will be allowed
  • Firearms found to be unsafe or un-serviceable will not be allowed on the firing line.
  • Holster: No cross draw or shoulder holsters allowed based on safety concerns. Please bring a belt for your holster.
  • Hat or Cap with brim.
  • Clothing: Loose fitting clothing with pockets tends to work best.

Registration and prepayment is required. If you prefer to register in person, please visit the store and see a sales associate.

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Matthews Location Dates

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Matthews Location

March 8, 2022 from 12:30-8:30

May 10, 2022 from 12:30-8:30

July 12, 2022 from 12:30-8:30

September 13, 2022 from 12:30-8:30

November 8, 2022 from 12:30-8:30




Mooresville Location Dates

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Mooresville Location

April 12, 2022 (12:30pm-8:30pm)

June 14, 2022 (12:30pm-8:30pm)

August 9, 2022 (12:30pm-8:30pm)

October 11, 2022 (12:30pm-8:30pm)

December 13, 2022 (12:30pm-8:30pm)