NRA-ILA | Alert! Attention: First Time Gun Buyers

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Fairfax, Va. – In response to the growing number of first-time gun buyers during the coronavirus outbreak, the National Rifle Association’s Education & Training Division is pleased to announce the launch of four new online gun safety courses. 

“These courses will provide an option for first-time gun owners who don’t have the ability to take an NRA certified instructor-led class at their local shooting range at this time,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director of NRA General Operations. “While there is no replacement for in-person, instructor-led training, our new online classes do provide the basics of firearm safety training for those self-isolating at home.”


Those courses include: 

Gun Safety Seminar

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course – Distance Learning

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course – Distance Learning

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course – Distance Learning


Each course, lasting from one to eight hours, is available at  

Though range time is part of some of the classes (Basics of Pistol Shooting – Distance Learning & Personal Protection in the Home – Distance Learning), there is still a wealth of knowledge available in every online section.  

“The NRA recommends that all new gun owners seek professional training at the range, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on learning the basics of firearm safety at home. New gun owners, old gun owners, it doesn’t really matter. Taking one of these classes moderated by a certified NRA instructor can only make you safer, and that’s our primary goal,” DeBergalis added. ​ 

The NRA also offers the award-winning gun accident prevention Eddie Eagle GunSafe program ( nationwide and the NRA Hunters Education program ( in selected states to help those safeguard their home and to be safe and responsible when they go afield. 


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