Instructors

Legal Heat as the nation's largest known provider of concealed firearm training offers you the opportunity to take classes from our industry leading instructors. Our team teaches fun, non-intimidating and engaging classes as you benefit from their excellent qualifications and legal, professional, and practical skills that enhance the class experience. 


Phil

Concealed Carry Instructor - Phil

Phil is an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah. 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 certified concealed firearm permit instructor, and the author of Legal Heat: 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations. In the last 4 years Phil has instructed over 10,000 students in his concealed carry 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. Phil graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and worked as a prosecutor in Washington state before moving back home to Utah, where he helps run Nelsen Law Offices with his brother Jason.

 

Jason

Jason is an attorney licensed in Utah, Idaho and Nebraska. He is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer, Illinois CCL instructor and Certified Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Instructor who has certified tens of thousands of students to obtain their permits. Jason has handled firearms all his life. In his free time, you'll find Jason hiking, hunting, and cheering for BYU. He decided to become a Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor because he believes that his legal training and experience can provide his students with unique insight into the laws surrounding firearm ownership and use.

 

Dustin

Dustin Legal Heat CCW Instructor

Dustin has been an avid firearm enthusiast and shooter since childhood. He is currently an NRA pistol instructor, an NRA rifle instructor, Illinois CCL instructor and a Utah concealed firearm instructor. He strongly believes in the right of the people to keep and bear arms and carries a firearm at all times and in all places, as allowed by law. He wants to help you become prepared to defend yourself and your family, should you ever need to. In his spare time, Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

 

Tom

legal heat certified ccw instructor - tom austin

Tom's passion for firearms and the shooting sports runs deep. His father, an avid firearms enthusiast, instilled the love of hunting, fishing, camping and sport shooting in Tom at an early age. Over the years his fever intensified. He's finally found a cure as a professional predator hunting guide, published outdoor author, wildlife videographer, guest lecturer and concealed firearm permit instructor. When Tom isn't traveling the country for Legal Heat, he authors a monthly column for Predator Xtreme magazine title "Caller for Hire." He also writes editorials for Outdoor Life, AR Guns & Hunting, Trapper & Predator Caller, and Hunting Illustrated just to name a few. He literally hunts predators from Canada to Mexico and every hilltop and valley floor in between. For Tom, firearms aren't just an obsession, but a way of life.

 

Michael

NRA CCW Firearms Instructor Michael

Michael is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol instructor and a Certified Utah Concealed Firearm instructor. Mike has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life, and has a passion for bow hunting for the Iowa Whitetail. He is on the Urban Deer Task Force, designed to thin the deer population in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. His strong belief in the right to bear arms guides his passion for teaching firearm training classes. Michael is a probation/parole officer with the state of Iowa, and he supervises federal inmates at a correctional work release facility. This experience has given him substantial knowledge of the judicial system as it relates to firearms and firearm laws. The only thing that Michael enjoys more than the outdoors is spending time with his family.

 
 

Renee

NRA CCW Firearms Instructor Renee
Renee is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol instructor and a Certified Utah Concealed Firearm instructor. Unlike most instructors, Renee has not been around firearms her entire life, however, with increased knowledge and skills her attitude about firearms has evolved into a strong passion for the Second Amendment. Renee teaches "Ladies only" classes upon request. When she is not traveling teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, their two children, and their German Shorthair Pointer "Gunner". Renee also owns and operates a full-service marketing agency dedicated to helping the small business owner succeed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jacqueline

NRA CCW Firearms Instructor Jacqueline

Jacqueline is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor, NRA Certified Refuse to be a Victim Instructor, NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and an NRA National Membership Recruiter. Jacqueline is ACT 235 Lethal Weapons Certified through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a Defensive Handgun Instructor, Concealed Carry Instructor, Tactical Shotgun Instructor, Certified Utah Concealed Firearm Permit Instructor, Certified Glock Armorer and Certified Rape Awareness and Prevention Educator. Jacqueline is also a SABRE Certified OC Instructor. Jacqueline is an active member of the Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF), the United State Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), the National Sport Shooting Foundation (NSSF) and she serves as the Executive Director of the American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA). Additionally, Jacqueline serves on the Board of Directors at Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club (PMSC), and she is the secretary for the Butler Country Friends of NRA (FNRA). Jacqueline is passionate about the second amendment and about a women’s right to defend herself. Jacqueline became a firearm instructor to address the growing need for relevant lethal, less-lethal and non-lethal personal protection education and training for women. Since then she has expanded her sphere of influence to provide a variety of quality training programs for both men and women alike.

 

Mike

Mike K. Legal Heat CCW Instructor

Mike is an attorney licensed to practice law in Idaho. Since he could speak, Mike has always expressed his interest in the shooting sports. In addition to handling guns throughout his life, Mike is a Certified NRA Instructor, a Utah certified concealed firearm permit instructor, and is fully qualified to teach the Enhanced Idaho Concealed Weapon Permit. During his time at the University of Idaho College of Law, Mike served as the Executive Editor of the Idaho Law Review, participated on the school’s National Moot Court Team, and was employed as a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant. Mike has impressive experience working for both Federal and Idaho State judges and these experiences have given him insight on how judges interpret the Second Amendment. Mike practices law in Idaho Falls and is committed to defending the right to bear arms.

 
 

Mac

nra CCW Firearms Instructor Mac

Mike "Mac" is a Utah certified CFP and Idaho Enhanced CWL Instructor, and an NRA certified Chief Range Safety Officer, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Personal Protection in The Home Instructor.   Mac was a joint USAF/CRAF Operation crew member during Iraqi Freedom and Operation Containment, and an Armed Forces, Force Protection defense contract Instructor. Not relying solely on firearms, Mac is also a master martial arts and cane black belt Instructor. Mac was a safety specialist for the SJSO, bred champion Akita’s, and currently volunteers as the Chief Safety Officer at the Fernan Rod and Gun Club.  Mac has worked in seventeen industries. Among them, the largest international and domestic airline, retail chain, and OTR truck firm. Mac is FAA and DOT certified, and a certified ASHI CPR, AED, First Aid, BBP, Wilderness First Aid, and Pet First Aid Instructor.

 

 

 

 


Paul

nra CCW Firearms Instructor PaulPaul is a veteran of the U.S. Army having served with various Special Operations Units. Paul was employed as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer Supervisor with the Department of Justice for 26 years and retired in December 2014 with a combined 33 years of distinguished government service.  Paul grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York and competes regularly in 3 Gun competions with his son and also ran a professional dirt track racing team for several years.

Paul holds NRA certifications in Basic Practical Pistol Instruction, Range Safety Officer, and Chief Range Safety Officer and is a Utah BCI and Ohio CHL certified instructor.

Paul’s additional credentials include the following; Advanced training in Personal Self Defense (lethal / non-lethal), Advanced Personal Communication skills, Legal Classes, Bus Transportation Supervisor of Offenders, Disturbance Control Instructor-Trainer, Hostage Survival and Recue Trainer-Instructor, Forced Cell Extraction Trainer, High Profile Offender Transportation Certified (WITSEC offenders), Sniper- Marksmanship/Observer Certified-Trainer, Instructor Skills for Trainers,  Team Leader of the Special Operations Response Team,  Incident Command Center Team Leader, Principles of Leadership, Advanced First Aid, Trainer in the deployment of lethal and less lethal munitions. Paul also provides basic and advanced training in a multitude of disciplines to include Weapons Training, Weapons Retention, Officer Survival, Down and Disabled shooting, Reduced Light, Breaching Plans, Perimeter Security, Evidence Collection and Close Quarter Combat Tactical Techniques. 

 

 


 

Jeff

Jeff NRA Instructor
Jeff is a prosecuting attorney licensed to practice law in Idaho and currently resides in Idaho Falls.  In addition to handling guns most of his life, Jeff is a Certified NRA Instructor, a Utah certified concealed firearms permit instructor, and is fully qualified to teach the Enhanced Idaho Concealed Weapons PermitAs a prosecuting attorney, Jeff has prosecuted numerous cases involving the misuse of firearms and teaches his students how to avoid potential criminal prosecution while exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.  While in law school at the University of Idaho College of Law, Jeff was selected as an Honors Intern with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Whidbey Island, WA and worked alongside special agents in conducting criminal investigations involving sexual assault, fraud, narcotics, and sabotage of government property. Jeff also assisted local law enforcement in undercover narcotics operations and property crimes including the widely publicized Colton Harris Moore (AKA “Barefoot Bandit”) investigation.  When not in the courtroom or teaching concealed firearms classes, Jeff enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three boys as well as playing his guitars.
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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