It is an unfortunate reality in America today that a gun owner is required to navigate a spiderweb of over 20,000 state and federal firearm laws. Where, how, and when you can carry your firearm are all regulated by many different laws. There are laws that regulate purchases, self-defense, transport, and police encounters, etc. These are just a few examples of what a gun owner needs to know. To make matters worse, these laws change frequently and the consequences for not being up to date on them can land you in prison for many years.
This course was designed by nationally recognized firearm law attorney Phil Nelsen. It is intended to offer an informative and entertaining way for gun owners to stay up to date on crucial state and federal laws.
Who Should Take This Course?
- Anyone who wants to learn much more about firearm laws and regulations than what is taught in a standard concealed firearm permit course.
- Those who have had their permit for years but would like to stay up to date on firearm laws.
- Those who recently obtained their permit but feel their class didn't answer all of their legal questions
- Those who do not have a permit but would like to learn more about the laws before they take their class
- Attorneys and other legal professionals who would like to obtain self-study CLE credits (1 hour*).
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A PERMIT COURSE AND DOES NOT QUALIFY YOU TO OBTAIN A PERMIT. IT IS A CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE THAT IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO EITHER ALREADY HAVE THEIR PERMIT AND WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE ON LAWS, OR THOSE SEEKING A PERMIT WHO WANT MORE LEGAL TRAINING. ALTHOUGH THE INSTRUCTOR IS A UTAH ATTORNEY, HE IS NOT YOUR ATTORNEY AND IS NOT LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN WISCONSIN. ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY CLIENT RELATIONSHIP NOR CONSTITUTE INDIVIDUAL LEGAL ADVICE.
*CLE Credits: At the completion of this course you will be issued a certification of completion that shows you completed the course and that Legal Heat believes it satisfies 1 hour of CLE self-study credit. We do not transmit information regarding your completion to the state and the acceptance of this CLE credit is subject to your governing board's approval.
Some of the most commonly asked FAQs are below:
1. How Do I Begin My Online Class?
Simple. All you need to do is click BUY NOW and you will be guided through the simple purchase process. Once you complete your purchase you will see a "begin course" button which you can simply click to begin. If you are not ready to begin the course at that time don't worry, you will also receive an automated email with a link to begin your course. If you do not receive an email or have trouble accessing it, you can also return to your user profile ("My Account") and click on "My Courses".
2. Who is Legal Heat?
Legal Heat’s instructors’ collective resume’s include legal experience as attorneys and prosecutors, multiple law enforcement agencies, (FBI, SWAT, DEA) all branches of the US military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines & Coast Guard including service in Special Forces), executive protection, bail bond recovery agents and nationally competitive shooters in USPSA, IDPA, 3-Gun, NRA and other competitions. All of our instructors share or collective passion for teaching and bringing new people into the family of responsible firearms owners.
Legal Heat holds concealed carry classes and firearms training classes in 150+ locations in over 35+ states in partnership with great retailers like Sportsman’s Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, North 40, CAL Ranch, Scheel’s, and others.
In 2019, in response to consumer demand, Legal Heat began offering online training in addition to our industry-leading instructor-led training.
Legal Heat also produces the “50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations” book and App. It is the only App featuring comprehensive carry law summaries written by attorneys.
The App is recommended by:
- U.S. Concealed Carry Association
- Massad Ayoob
- ITS Tactical
- and over 300,000 users with great reviews.
The App provides:
- The most current law updates in the industry
- Concealed carry laws
- Open carry laws
- Easy navigation
- Reciprocity maps
- Firearm transport laws
- Video illustrations
This App (or softcover book) is a must-have for every firearm owner in the United States. You may find the App in the App Store and Google Play. The book can be found on our website, under the Products tab.
3. Are Online Classes Good Enough?
Within the firearm industry, there is a lot of debate about what constitutes enough training to prepare someone for carrying a concealed firearm. Throughout the United States, Legal Heat teaches nearly 100 different in-person concealed firearm permit courses each month. These courses will range from 4 hours in length to over 3 days in duration, depending on the state laws where we operate. Legal Heat’s position on what constitutes enough training is that there is never enough training.
We encourage all of our students, whether in-person or online, to continue their firearm safety and functionality training for their entire lifetime. However, when it comes to qualifying someone to exercise their inalienable right to carry a firearm for self-protection, we are not going to force anyone to do anything more than state law requires. If your state requires a 16-hour in-person training course (like Illinois), then we are going to offer the absolute best 16-hour course in the industry. If other states (such as Virginia, Idaho or Iowa) only require completion of an online training course, then we will offer the best online training course possible. We are here to encourage people to exercise their rights, not to dissuade them from doing so.
This course has been designed by attorneys, professional firearm instructors, college professors, and graphic designers. Make no mistake, this is the finest online training course on the market.
Once you complete your online training course we hope to see you in one of our hundreds of in-person training courses as you continue your firearm training education.
About the Instructor
Phil is a nationally recognized firearm law attorney, former prosecutor, college law professor and author. Phil is a regular guest on national television programs discussing firearm law issues and is the author of Legal Heat: 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws that is available in both mobile app and traditional book formats. He has been featured in Forbes and serves as outside legal counsel for some of America's largest firearm manufacturers and retailers.
In addition to handling guns all of his life, Phil is also an NRA certified instructor in multiple disciplines, certified armed security instructor, Illinois CCL instructor, Utah CFP instructor, and one of the co-founders of Legal Heat. In the last decade Phil has personally instructed over 10,000 students in his in-person concealed carry courses and thousands more in his online courses. While obtaining his undergraduate degree Phil worked as a professional hunting guide in Utah and Idaho, where he solo guided over 100 successful elk, deer, moose, and buffalo hunts. He currently lives in Northern Utah with his wife and children.