Handgun License Classes
Are you looking for an instructor so you can get the training required to obtain your Arkansas Concealed Handgun License?
My name is Matthew Hoppe and I am a registered Firearms Safety Training Officer. That is what Arkansas calls the instructors authorized to teach the concealed carry course.
Do you desire a legal means to defend yourself or your loved ones? Even if you are completely new to firearms, I will work with you and give you the training you need to responsibly carry a firearm for self defense. I am known for my patience. I try to tailor my courses as best I can to the experience level of the student.
The cost of the course is $50 per person, with a minimum of three people. I keep a list of interested persons so I can help you combine with others who want to take the course. It includes all the paperwork required, including fingerprints. I encourage all applicants to bring their own handgun and ammunition if they already have one that they plan to use for concealed carry. But I do have a handgun available for rental, and it might make sense to hold off on that purchase of a new gun, till you have your training and know better what to look for, especially if you are new to this. I do cover selection of a firearm, as well as concealment options, in the class.
The class takes 7-8 hours and covers, among other things, laws, gun care and usage, as well as a live firing session. The firing will take place on my private firing range conveniently located behind my house.
I can also provide the training required to renew your Arkansas CHL. This course is $20. Renewal is every five years. And for those who wish to improve their skills with their handgun, I do offer one on one training at an hourly rate of $20/hour.
The State of Arkansas charges $141.50 ($147.25 online) for a five year license with a $50 discount for senior citizens. This includes the background check fees. You have six months to send in the paperwork and pay after taking the class from me. Arkansas charges $60 for license renewals (every five years). You can either send in a paper application, which I will help you fill out during the course, or you can fill one out online before you come. An online application is processed faster.
What to bring
I am located behind the red mule in Highland. Here is a map.