At MEI Security we take Firearms Safety very seriously. We teach several classes on firearms safety. In all of our classes we adhere to a set of Fundamental Rules which are always followed. These ensure that there is a safe learning environment in which individuals can learn and feel comfortable.
MEI Security Fundamental Rules for Firearms Safety Classes
- No Surprises– In every class, you will see and hear the instructor preform every activity before you are asked to do it. Before you are handed a firearm, its controls will be explained to you. Before you shoot any firearm, you will see the instructor shoot it first. There will be no surprises. If you have questions about what you are being asked to do, ask the instructor.
- No Safety Violations– All safety rules will be followed at all times by both student and instructor alike. Rules for safe firearms handling will be followed at all times. Rules for range safety will be followed at the range.
- Class Discussions will be limited to Class Topics– Off topic discussions will be tabled and may be resumed outside of class. For example, this means that politics will not be discussed during class. These classes are about firearm safety. No political topics will be raised by the professor, and any political discussions will be tables and/or shifted to non-class time.
Our instructors do not seek to be the “Tough Guy” in the room. At some schools firearms instructors may at times be extremely assertive or aggressive, but at MEI Security we take extra care to make sure that each class is taught in an inclusive and orderly manner. There will be no talk of politics. There will, however, be a respectful instructor ready to teach the course material in a clear and professional manner.
For Individuals Seeking a Gun License in Massachusetts
One of our instructors, Vik Solem, is certified to teach the Basic Firearms Safety (BFS) class required for a license in Massachusetts. Note please that if you are looking for the fastest, cheapest path to meet the state requirements then we respectfully suggest that you consider other providers. We specialize in working with people who are new to firearms and who want to take extra time to understand safety. We have several non-license classes designed to help students understand more about firearms.
There are less expensive places that teach the BFS class, and at MEI Security we require more of you than other companies will. For example, before taking our Basic Firearms Safety class we require that you first take our MEI Firearms Intro class or that you demonstrate appropriate knowledge. If you feel uncomfortable with these requirements, we recommend you look elsewhere for this particular certification.
1. MEI Firearms Intro: Minimum 1 Hour
In this course we discuss how firearms work as well as basic safety requirements. This course does not include any time at a range. This is course is classroom only.
This class is a good fit for you if:
- You have never held a gun before.
- You are curious about firearms, but you are not interested in going to a range. (This class does not include shooting any firearms.)
You will get to see different firearms during this class. After proper training you will be permitted to handle a firearm in the classroom. This is not a shooting class.
2. MEI First Range Trip: Minimum 4 Hours
This course is designed to introduce students to firearms safety. It contains a brief overview of the different types of firearms and covers a lot of safety information while focusing on one particular model of firearm. Along with classroom time, this course includes a trip to the shooting range where students will have the opportunity to use one or more firearms under direct, close, one-to-one, instructor supervision.
This class is a good fit for you if:
- You have never held a gun before. (In a small group setting without the presence of live ammunition you will learn how to operate a firearm safely.)
- You have recently purchased a firearm. (This course offers a good refresher in firearms safety, along with a review of your new firearm. You will receive a review of firearms safety and information specific to your new firearm.)
- You want to try shooting a firearm for the first time.
In either case, this course will consist of classroom training which is conducted in the absence of live ammunition. This is then followed by a trip to the shooting range should the instructor deem all individuals to be sufficiently prepared. The class concludes with a trip back to the classroom where students learn how to clean firearm properly. All classroom lessons are conducted without live ammunition. Live ammunition is not permitted inside the classroom.
3. Trip to the Range: One Hour Increments
This is individualized instruction consisting of safety briefing and range time. This is customized for your individual needs.
This is ideal for people who have a license, but who would like a refresher on safety or on shooting disciplines.
This class may be a good fit for you if:
- You have a license but you have not been to the range for some time.
- You have shot before, but you are interested in trying different firearms.
- You want a refresher on going to the range.
4. Basic Firearms Safety: Minimum 8 Hours
Successful completion of this class fulfills the Massachusetts requirement for a safety class for applying for a firearms license in Massachusetts.
This is the NRA Basic Pistol Course. This course is listed as “LTC-002” on the “Approved Basic Firearms Safety Course List”. Vik Solem holds the required certification from the Massachusetts State Police to teach this class and to issue the certificate required for applying for a license in Massachusetts.
Other Topics Coming Soon
- Introductory / Refresher classes
- What to Know Before Buying a Firearm
- Firearms Storage – More Than Just Buying a Safe (safe storage with appropriate access – including securing your safe in an apartment)
- Things NOT To Do When You Own a Firearm
- Insurance Plans for Firearms Owners (insurance covering theft as well as covering you if you are involved in using your firearm)
- Intermediate Classes
- Safety Refresher
- ACLDN DVD Discussion Group
- What to Know Before you Carry a Firearm
Notes for all Firearms Courses
- “Prohibited” persons are not permitted in any firearms course.
- For all firearms courses, all potential students are required to provide a non-refundable deposit of $50 and written permission for MEI Security to perform a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Check.
- Safety violations during a class are cause for dismissal without refund.