Tennessee Handgun Permit


The class consists of both classroom instruction and live-fire range exercises.  These are both held at the Dickson PD range, unless it's a private class (we can discuss details of location).  Lucky for us, the PD range is an all-in-one location with a classroom and 100 yard range. This eliminates the need to travel from the classroom to the range, it's just a short walk away. 


You can follow this link https://dl.safety.tn.gov/_/ (click on handgun permit tab) for a plethora of information about Tennessee handgun carry permits from How To Apply to Fees and FAQs. 


You will, however, need to do some legwork before attending class.

  1. You must be 21 or older to attend the handgun permit class.

  2. There is a new online procedure that must be completed. You must first visit https://apps.tn.gov/handgun/ and click "Begin Application" and follow the instructions. If you need help, feel free to contact me.

  3. Once completed, you will be given a confirmation number, I need this number because it will link your grades/scores with your confirmation number for the state. I suggest emailing yourself or writing this number down because you will need to have it available for the class.

  4. Navigate to the Sign Up Here page for further instructions.

  5. If you need to look up your application here is the website link: https://apps.tn.gov/handgun-status/applicant-auth.html

  6. Class starts at 8:00

  7. The range is located at 198 Peeler Drive, Dickson, TN (behind Buckner Park)

Pen or pencil
Note taking material if you choose
Balance of payment if required. 

Range gear:
Gun of you choice that functions properly
Belt type holster for you dominate side. (No cross draw style holsters, safety concerns)
Bullets 100 rounds
Wrap around eye protection (prescription glasses qualify)
I suggest a cap or hat to add extra protection from spent casings being tossed by you neighbor.
Ear protection (foam plugs, ear muffs or electronic ear protection will work)

Be prepared for the weather, rain, snow, heat and cold. 

Firearms Nuts and Bolts Class (Phase 1)

This class is designed for people who decided they need to purchase a firearm or have one and need to know more about the safety, cleaning, storage and general information about the weapon. This is the class for you to attend and build the foundation of your shooting capabilities. During this session of training the instructor will discuss the safety fundamentals of handling a firearm.

Also shown in the classroom setting is how to break your firearm down into the cleaning phase (revolvers and auto loading firearm), what to clean, how to clean, lubrication points, and then reassembly of the weapon. The instructor will show each person how to do a function test of the weapon after cleaning. Storage of your firearm will be covered to include how, where and why one should consider storage of their firearm(s).

The class size is limited to 15 participants so that each person will get the adequate amount of knowledge when it comes to the above objectives. The cost of the class is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full via the website to reserve your seat. 

Basic Firearms (Phase 2)

I have had people say statements such as “I am scared of a gun or I don’t know how to use a gun”. The basic handgun class is designed for those who wish to develop their fundamentals of shooting.  The design of the basic class it to take a person who has been shooting or has never shot a handgun and teach them the fundamentals of gun handling, marksmanship and mind set. All three play a very important part in the use of a firearm. During this portion of training one will learn about the use of force and what is required to be in place to be justified in using deadly force. Safety is the most important part when using a firearm. Failure to follow the safety rules may result in injury and even death.   

The class will start with an overview of safe handling of the firearm to include the rules of safety. We will discuss various scenarios one may encounter while at home or away from home and options to handle them. The laws of carrying a firearm away from your home and legal liability that goes with the use and deadly force. Once the classroom portion is completed there will be dry fire exercises to help develop muscle memory. One will learn how to handle various malfunctions of the weapon, one and two handed shooting as well as bench rest position.

Now we are about 4 hours into the class so it’s time for a break. When we return from the break we will start putting all this information to use on the range and make some noise. Each person will need 200 rounds of ammunition, a holster for ones dominate side, eye (prescription glasses are acceptable) and ear protection (plugs or ear muffs). I recommend a cap to keep hot brass from getting past your eye protection, just am extra layer of safety. Oh and bring a cleaning kit for your weapon, at the end you will clean your weapon as well. This class is limited to 15 people so that each person may get the best available instruction from each instructor. The cost of the class is $75.00 per person and must be paid in full via the website to reserve your seat.  

Advanced Firearms (Phase 3)


After completion of the basic class you may take the advanced class. This class is designed for those who have basic knowledge of gun handling. This is an (8) hour class (depending on size of class) that will cover advanced shooting techniques, reloading, shooting on the move, shooting behind cover and concealment, multiple threats, and much more. One more thing that this class covers is low light shooting. 15 people per class.

Red Cross CPR and First Aid

     We believe that each person should learn basic life saving skills such as First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If not to help save a stranger, it may be the only training that can help save a family member. I have a friend who gave his father CPR and he is alive and doing well today because of the quick action and training he received. It's a small price to pay for such a rewarding outcome. Let us help you prepare you, your family and organization for medical emergencies. 


This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the American Red Cross
  • Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED use
  • Adult, Child, Infant choking
  • First Aid

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Red Cross CPR AED Course Completion Card that is valid for two years. During the course, we will  conduct video-based lessons and works with students to complete their CPR and AED skills practice and testing.

Class time is 5 hours (give or take)

60.00 per person (4 people minimum) 

Group rates available for classes of 10 or more. 

NOTE: The classes can be designed to fit your specific needs of instruction. 

Contact us with any questions. Dwayne@hayesppa.org


Guard/Armed Guard Class Information

A security guard/officer is an individual employed by a contract security company or a proprietary security organization to protect persons and/or property from criminal activities. A security guard who holds armed guard registration may work an armed or unarmed post, and is not required to hold an additional "unarmed" guard registration.

All armed security guards must meet the armed guard registration requirements in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.


  • Be at least 21 years of age for registration as an armed security guard.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.
  • Not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease unless a court of competent jurisdiction has since declared the applicant competent;
  • If convicted in any jurisdiction of any of the crimes listed in this subdivision (4), have completed serving sentence or court ordered probation at least five (5) years prior to application. Conviction of the following crimes shall disqualify an applicant, subject to the conditions stated in this section:
          (A) Any felony; or
          (B) Any misdemeanor involving:
             (i) Shooting a firearm or other weapon;
             (ii) Shoplifting;
             (iii) Assault and battery or other act of violence against persons or property;
             (iv) Crimes involving the sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues,                                drugs or narcotics;
             (v) Theft of property; or
             (vi) Theft of services;
  • Not be suffering from habitual drunkenness or narcotics addiction or dependence;
  • Not have any disability that, in the opinion of the commissioner, prevents the applicant from performing the duties of a security guard/officer; and
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Submit three fingerprint cards for processing for a TBI and or FBI criminal history check, or submit electronic fingerprints.
  • Must meet the statutory training requirements.

Training Requirements

Training includes an examination covering subjects in which the individual must have training. All candidates must complete a four hour basic course including one (1) hour each of:

  • Orientation.
  • Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • General duties.
  • Any additional training for weapons or other devices that are less than lethal he or she will use.
  • An armed guard must complete eight additional hours in the classroom covering:
  • Legal limitations on the use of a firearm:
    • Handling of a firearm
    • Safety and maintenance of firearms

In addition, an armed guard applicant must complete an additional four hours of marksmanship training and achieve a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner.

Training Requirements for the use of a Club, Stun Gun, Chemical Spray, Night Stick or other less than lethal device

Registered guards or applicants who will carry a club, stun gun, chemical spray, night stick or other less than lethal device, the commissioner shall require appropriate training specific to such device by a certified trainer who is certified to instruct for such specific device. It shall be the employers' responsibility to keep training records of their employees for each device. The security officer/guard shall also have in such person's possession a certification card issued by an instructor/trainer who is certified to instruct/train in the legal use of such specific device and shall exhibit such card upon demand by the commissioner or the commissioner's duly authorized agent or any full time law enforcement officer.


  • Armed Guards/Officers must renew their registration every two (2) years.
  • Every two (2) years armed security guards must complete four hours of refresher training and requalify in the use of a firearm by achieving a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner prior to the renewal of their guard registration. 


- See more at: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/article/prot-get-a-license#sthash.s3F5Hclj.dpuf

Expandable Baton and OC Spray Class

Security officers may choose to add to their list of use of force options by getting trained in baton and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray. By adding in some extra certs it will add to their resume and help improve employment opportunities. Each class is designed for 4 hours and includes the presentation, use of force and decision making skills and practical exercises for each. The cost is $40.00 per class and they can be completed together or separately if needed. Class size is limited to 15 students.