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Firearm Safety Course

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Outpost Gun Range to provide a free basic firearms course designed to establish a strong foundation for individuals new to firearms. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Local Firearm Safety Training Program has provided CCSO with grant funding under Chapter 2023-18, Section 37 to provide this program to our citizens.

This course is tailored for those with limited or no prior firearm experience and incorporates a blend of classroom instruction, live-range exercises, firearm handling, manipulation exercises, and recent changes to concealed carry statutes. Participants will receive guidance from certified firearms instructors with extensive experience in law enforcement marksmanship throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, attendees will attain a CCSO Basic Firearms Safety Certification. Additionally, there will be opportunities for further firearm skill development and knowledge enhancement, through advanced courses. 


  • Must be 21 years of age or older, unless you are a service member or a veteran of the Armed Forces who was discharged under honorable conditions.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Citrus County.
  • Must bring a state-issued photo ID or drivers license the day of event.
  • Must wear pants or slacks, full size shirt, closed-toe shoes. A baseball style hat is optional.
    • No red shirts, shorts, or tank tops will be allowed.
  • Handguns, ammunition, and targets will be provided.
Please do not bring your own firearm.

  • Eye and hearing protection will be provided, or you may bring your own if preferred.

Available Course Dates: 


All courses will run from 8am-12pm.

  • Sunday, March 10th, 2024 - This class is FULL.
  • Sunday, April 7th, 2024 - This class is FULL.
  • Sunday, May 5th, 2024 - This class is FULL.
  • Sunday, May 19th, 2024 - This class is FULL.
  • Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 - This class is FULL.

Possible Reasons for Ineligibility:

  • Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.
  • A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Being a fugitive from justice.
    • A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).
  • A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.
  • A record of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.
  • Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.
  • Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.
  • Having adjudication withheld or sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three years have elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled.
  • Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.
  • The physical inability to handle a firearm safely.

Space is limited.