Handgun Safety – Concealed Carry

Course Description


OCC's Handgun Safety Course is taught by NYS DCJS-certified firearms instructors and fulfills requirements for obtaining a unrestricted pistol license "Concealed Carry Permit" in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, and Seneca counties.

This course walks through:

  • General Firearm Safety, including an overview of firearm and ammunition functions and operation, firearm cleaning and maintenance, safe handling practices, range safety rules, and proper holster considerations and retention strategies for safe concealed carry. (2hours)
  • State and federal gun laws, including the possession disqualifiers under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) and New York State law, restrictions on the private sale or transfer of firearms under New York General Business Law § 898, and requirements for keeping firearm license information up to date, properly registering pistols and revolvers, and license recertification and, if applicable, renewal requirements, including but not limited to the provision set forth in Articles 265 and 400 of the Penal Law. (2 hours)
  • Firearm safe storage requirements, as defined in Penal Law §§ 265.45 and 265.50, and general firearm secure storage and transportation best practices. (1 hour)
  • Concealed carry situational awareness of surroundings, including firearm display and concealment. (2 hour)
  • Adverse effects of alcohol and drug use as it pertains to firearm safety (1 hour)
  • Conflict de-escalation tactics that include verbal and non-verbal strategies, including retreating, that are intended to reduce the intensity of a conflict or crises encountered. (1 hour)
  • Best practices when encountering law enforcement (e.g., a traffic stop), including how to communicate throughout the encounter, considerations for disclosing concealed carry status and displaying a valid firearm license, obeying all commands given by the officer(s), and best practices for handling a firearm and self-identification as a lawful concealed carry licensee if the firearm is visible when an officer responds to an incident. (1 hour)
  • The statutorily defined sensitive places listed in Penal Law § 265.01-e and the restrictions on firearm possession in restricted places under Penal Law § 265.01- d. (1 hour)
  • Basic principles of marksmanship, including stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breathing, and trigger control. (1 hour)
  • Conflict management. (1 hour)
  • Use of deadly physical force, including the circumstances in which deadly physical force may be considered justified, and when there is the duty to retreat pursuant to Penal Law § 35.15(2). (2 hours)
  • Suicide prevention including recognizing signs of suicide risk and resources to obtain assistance, including a suicide hotline (e.g., 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline). (1 hour)This course is a 16 hour class room experience with an additional 2 hours of live fire range experience. Students will be expected to bring their issued course materials every day of the course. Students will be expected to pass a written final exam to complete the class room portion of the course. Students will then be expected to pass the live fire portion of course using simunition firearms.


The course is held over 4 days in 4-5 hour classroom sessions and 1-4 hour "range day" session and written test.

For additional information about requirements for your specific county please contact your local licensing official. Please follow this link for information about Onondaga County.

Questions? Contact (315) 498-6080 or email occliverpool@sunyocc.edu.


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5:30pm – 10:30pm  |  OCC@Liverpool