Today, more than 15 million Americans legally carry firearms in defense of themselves, their families and their communities. These are among the safest, most responsible, most law-abiding group of people on the planet. It was for this group that NRA Carry Guard was created.
If, God forbid, you are ever forced to defend your life, or the life of your loved ones, that moment is likely to be the most stressful you’ve ever experienced. We can do our best to avoid trouble, but bad things sometimes happen to good people. That’s why right behind your firearm, your second most important protection is a rock-solid training program.
NRA Carry Guard aims to be everything law-abiding gun owners need to carry firearms with confidence and competence. Our training program, featuring both in-person classes as well as a vast online video library, was developed by an expert team of military and law enforcement veterans and focuses on the unique legal, mental and physical circumstances you must be prepared to face before and after pulling the trigger. NRA Carry Guard teaches you how to avoid and de-escalate conflict situations. But should you ever have to defend your life, you could face serious criminal or civil liability—even when you are completely innocent. In those devastating circumstances, NRA Carry Guard provides access to important resources.
NRA Carry Guard is the only membership carry program developed and supported by the National Rifle Association, the most powerful civil rights organization in American history.
Never before has the NRA offered such comprehensive, relevant and integrated self-defense training. The NRA Carry Guard training program was built from scratch, with no set parameters, to meet the real needs of citizens.
Training courses were designed in conjunction with two Army Special Forces combat veterans, James R. Jarrett and Jeff Houston, along with fellow Navy SEALs Jack Carr and Eric Frohardt, with input from some of the most accomplished shooters in the industry. Students who successfully pass the NRA Carry Guard program will be proficient in the use of a concealed carry handgun, understand the limitations of their skills and chosen weapon, and be equipped to make sound, logical decisions under stress should the need to defend themselves or their families arise.