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Handgun Qualification License Training
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All of our training is conducted by a former member of the US Secret Service
Handgun Qualification License Classes (HQL) 4 Hours
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It makes a difference who you take this training from.
All of our firearms training is conducted by a former member of the US Secret Service
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For all 4 hour HQL, 16 hour and 8 hour wear and carry students
FOR WEAR & CARRY STUDENTS
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Updated May 2023
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Barry Donadio(former US Secret Service) will be instructing a Handgun Qualification License Class (HQL) .
The training will be held at the American Legion Post 278 in Stevensville, Maryland. In order to complete the certification to buy a pistol in Maryland, students must fire at least one round at the shooting range after the class.
This event is also open to all members of the public for $150 per ticket.
YOU MUST READ THE ENTIRE SET OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO BE PREPARED TO TAKE THIS CLASS THAT INCLUDES USING LIVE BULLETS WITH A REAL FIREARM. FAILING TO READ THE ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONS MAY LEAD TO YOUR EMBARRASSMENT DURING THE CLASS AND NOT BEING PREPARED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE CLASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ONCE YOU PAY.
THE COST IS $150 FOR CLASS FOR THE PUBLIC
YOU MUST ARRIVE ON TIME AT 10AM. THE DOORS ARE LOCKED AND NO ONE ELSE IS PERMITTED IN THE CLASSROOM ONCE WE BEGIN. STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE ABOUT 15 MINUTES EARLY TO FILL OUT PAPERS AND SET UP THEIR PLACES SO WE CAN BEGIN ON TIME. IF YOU ARRIVE LATE YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THE CLASS AND THERE WILL BE NO REFUND GRANTED.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR BULLETS INSIDE THE FACILITY IT IS SHARED WITH MANY OTHER GROUPS. LEAVE ALL AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS UNLOADED AND LOCKED UP IN YOUR VEHCLE UNTIL IT IS INSPECTED AND RENDERED SAFE BY AN INSTRUCTOR. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A FIREARM, YOU WILL USE OURS.
DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL 8 HOURS PRIOR TO THIS CLASS OR DURING THIS CLASS. ANY STUDENT WITH THE SMELL OF ALCOHOL ON THEIR PERSON WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE. NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM OPERATING MACHINERY, DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS UNTIL YOU ARE NO LONGER TAKING THE PRESCRIPTION. YOU CAN NOT TAKE CODEINE, PERCOCET, COUGH MEDICINE WITH CODEINE OR ANY OTHER NARCOTIC BASED MEDICINE 8 HOURS PRIOR OR DURING THE CLASS AND SHOOTING PORTION. IF YOU APPEAR TO BE UNDER ANY INFLUENCE OF A DRUG OR NARCOTIC, YOU WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE. NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
IF YOU ARE A CONVICTED FELON, SEX OFFENDER OR SOMEONE WHO IS BARRED FROM POSSESSING OR USING A FIREARM LEGALLY, YOU ARE NOT LEGALLY PERMITTED TO ATTEND THIS CLASS. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR IT. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
IF YOU ARE USER OF MARIJUANA OR HAVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE TO SEE IF THEY WILL ISSUE YOU A HQL PRIOR TO TAKING THIS CLASS. IT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO HAVE AN HQL. IF YOU HAVE A SMELL OF MARIJUANA ON YOU AT CLASS, YOU WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE. NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL DISORDER SUCH AS PTSD OR ANY OTHER MENTAL DISFUNCTION / DISORDER, YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THIS CLASS UNLESS THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE AUTHORIZES IT. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS.
IF YOU HAVE ATTEMPTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE OR HAVE HAD RECENT THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE PLEASE CALL FOR HELP BY EITHER CONTACTING THE POLICE BY DIALING 911 OR SEEKING A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE HQL CLASS BECAUSE WE CAN NOT LEGALLY PROVIDE IT TO YOU AND NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
IF YOU HAVE CLAUSTROPHOBIA YOU MAY CONSIDER NOT TAKING THIS CLASS. THE SHOOTING RANGE REQUIRES BOTH SHOOTER AND INSTRUCTOR TO SHOOT FROM A SMALL CONFINED SPACE FIRING LANE. IT CAN BE HOT, CRAMPED, LOUD AND UNCOMFORTABLE DURING THE SHOOTING PORTION OF THIS CLASS.
IF YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT FEAR OF FIREARMS OR YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED A TRAUMATIC EVENT WITH FIREARMS, THIS CLASS MAY NOT BE FOR YOU. THIS IS NOT A CLASS DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF FIREARMS NOR IS IT THERAPY. THERE ARE TIME RESTRAINTS AND OTHER STUDENTS WILL BE GREATLY INCONVENIENCED IF THEY NEED TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO OVERCOME THEIR FEAR. YOU ARE ALSO PLACING OUR STAFF IN AN ELEVATED RISK OF DANGER BECAUSE OF YOUR FEAR. IF YOU DECIDE THAT YOU WILL TAKE THIS CLASS, YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE OBLIGATION TO TELL THE INSTRUCTOR IN THE DAYS PRIOR THE THE CLASS OF YOUR FEAR OR ANY PRIOR NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES WITH FIREARMS SO THEY CAN BE PREPARED. WE CAN ALSO ARRANGE TRAINING FOR YOU BEFORE YOU GO TO THE HQL CLASS TO WORK ONE ON ONE TO HELP RELIEVE YOU OF THE FEAR OF FIREARMS.
ANY UNSAFE ACTS, JOKING OR INABILITY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WITH A FIREARM IN THE CLASSROOM OR ON THE RANGE MAY LEAD TO BEING TOLD THAT YOU MUST LEAVE. YOUR FINGER MUST REMAIN OFF THE TRIGGER OF A FIREARM UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO SHOOT. PICKING UP A PISTOL AS IF IS A HAIRDRYER MAY ALSO GET YOU EJECTED FROM THE CLASS. ALWAYS POINT THE FIREARM IN A SAFE DIRECTION, FINGER OFF TRIGGER AT ALL TIMES AND WITH A FIRM GRIP. NEVER LOOE YOUR GRIP OR LET GO OF A PISTOL WHEN SHOOTING. NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED IF YOU ARE TOLD TO LEAVE.
PERSONS WHO REPEAT SIGNING UP FOR CLASSES AND DO NOT ATTEND MAY BE BARRED FROM TAKING OUR CLASSES IN THE FUTURE.
PERSONS THAT HAVE NERVE DAMAGE IN THEIR FINGERS, HANDS OR LEGS AND HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY FIRMLY GRIPPING A PISTOL OR PULLING THE TRIGGER WITH A RESISTANCE OF 5 POUNDS MAY NOT BE BEST SUITED FOR THIS CLASS UNTIL THEIR CONDITION IS CORRECTED. CONSIDER THE DANGER TO YOU AND OUR STAFF.
PERSONS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH BALANCE OR THAT USE A CANE MAY CONSIDER NOT TAKING THIS CLASS UNLESS THEIR CONDITION IS CORRECTED BECAUSE THE SHOOTING PORTION OF THIS TRAINING IS DONE IN THE STANDING POSITION. PLEASE DO NOT PLACE OUR STAFF IN THE UNCOMFORTABLE POSITION OF TRYING TO TRAIN YOU WHEN YOU ARE IN A TEMPORARY POSITION OF REDUCED MOBILITY. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP FOR THE CLASS ON CRUTCHES. WAIT TO TAKE THE CLASS FOR A LATER DATE WHEN HEALED.
WE DO NOT CONSENT TO BEING AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDED AT ANY TIME DURING THE CLASS OR ON THE SHOOTING RANGE. THIS CLASS IS NOT A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. YOU NEED TO RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF OUR STAFF AND OTHER STUDENTS. ALL PEOPLE ON THE RANGE NEED TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO SAFETY AND THEIR SURROUNDINGS AND NOT TAKING PICTURES. THE STAFF AND OTHER STUDENTS DO NOT WANT TO PAUSE SO YOU CAN TAKE A PICTURE OR ACCIDENTALLY APPEAR IN YOUR PHOTOS. ANYONE NOT RESPECTING THIS RULE MAY LEAD TO BEING TOLD TO LEAVE WITHOUT REFUND.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ONCE YOU PAY FOR THIS CLASS. WE ARE UNABLE TO CHANGE THE DATE SO MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WORK THAT DAY OR HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS. WE CAN NOT ARRANGE FOR YOU TO ATTEND THE CLASS AND THEN COME ANOTHER DAY TO SATISFY THE SHOOTING PORTION OF THE CLASS. ALL MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE DAY OF YOUR SCHEDULED CLASS.
WE DON'T WANT STUDENTS IN A RUSH DURING THIS CLASS DURING THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OR LETHAL TRAINING IS A SERIOUS MISTAKE IS MADE. BE SURE TO DEVOTE YOUR ENTIRE DAY TO COMPLETING THE HQL CLASS WITH NO OTHER DISTRACTIONS PLEASE. WE ARE NOT ALWAYS IN CONTROL OF HOW LONG IT MAY TAKE AT THE SHOOTING RANGE. ALSO SOME CLASSES HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN OTHERS THUS MAKING THE CLASSROOM TIME LONGER. CLASSES MAY RUN LONGER THAN THE SCHEDULED CLASS TIMES. IT IS ALWAYS BEST PRACTICE TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO OTHER PLANS FOR LATER THAT DAY OR HAVE ANY OTHER OBLIGATIONS OR APPOINTMENTS. YOUR FULL ATTENTION IS REQUIRED.
ANYONE LYING ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOUT POINTS WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE. NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
INSTRUCTORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISMISS A STUDENT FOR ANY OF THE REASONS ABOVE WITHOUT REFUND.
STUDENTS AGREE THAT THIS CLASS IS BEING TAKEN AT THEIR OWN RISK AND HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS ALL PUBLIC SECURITY LLC STAFF, EMPLOYEES AND INSTRUCTORS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS AND LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY FIREARMS, SECURITY OR TACTICAL INSTRUCTION. THIS IS TO INCLUDE THE STAFF, PROPERTY OWNERS AND ANY PRIVATE LOCATION OF ANY SHOOTING RANGE AND OWNERS OF SUCH. THE ENTIRE SCHOOL AND SHOOTING PORTION IS BEING CONDUCTED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Class begins sharply at 10am
AMERICAN LEGION POST 278
800 ROMANCOKE ROAD
STEVENSVILLE, MARYLAND 21666
For: MEN, WOMEN, YOUTHS
(min age for youths is 14)
(same price for youths)
There is only one way to reserve a seat in a class. That is by paying in advance for your seat.
Payment in the form of a money order or check is due PRIOR to class by sending to:
Barry Donadio or
Public Security LLC
1831 Anchorage Drive
Chester, MD 21619
You may also use this link to pay through our website
Payment must be received PRIOR to the class in order to reserve a seat in the training. If you do not attend the class, there are no refunds once payment is made.
We do accept Paypal payments. Just use Barry's email to send payment: email@example.com. Please send through PayPal as "friend" or "family" to avoid transfer fees.
You may bring your own pistol, unloaded and on safe , locked up.
Please do not bring ammunition inside the classroom. Leave ammunition in your vehicle
The class is very informal and relaxed with no pressure or stress. Round table atmosphere. Bring coffee and or food. Comfortable clothing. Sharing personal experiences during class encouraged. Past classes have been generally overall a good time and fun. Ask other past students.
Barry Donadio, former U.S. Secret Service, will instruct the class and gear it towards self-defense/combat shooting.
Immediately after class, we will shoot in the back of the American Legion with 9mm or 22LR shot shells hat are still lethal but only travel about 25 yards.
If you are taking this class, contact us ASAP so we know who is coming to the class. Classes fill very fast. Participants must arrive on time to receive credit for the training.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FILL OUT HQL APPLICATION ONLINE WITHOUT USING OUR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Once training is complete, fill out your HQL application online at the Maryland State Police website.
Fingerprinting is the responsibility of each student to obtain their HQL. Live scan fingerprinting is at a separate location once you begin the application process We recommend MARI (Mid Atlantic Regional Investigations) on West Street in Annapolis. There is also a live scan finger printing site in Easton, Maryland.
ONCE YOU COMPLETE YOUR FINGER PRINTS, YOU MUST FINISH AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION WITH THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE WITHIN 48 HOURS OR THEY MAY VOID YOUR FINGER PRINTS.
This is the Instructor number for Barry Donadio that needs to be submitted to the State Police with your application.
PLEASE SAVE THIS NUMBER NOW. YOU WILL NEED IT FOR YOUR LICENSE APPLICATION
Below is a link to the Maryland State Police website for HQL
This training will be given on a periodic basis (once a month). Check with us for other classes.
MILITARY VETERANS: You are not to take the class to your HQL. Just submit your DD-214 with an honorable discharge to the Maryland State Police with your application.
DO YOU NEED TO BUY A PISTOL, RIFLE OR SHOTGUN?
We highly recommend Former Washington D.C. Police Officer Richard Mulderick who is a licensed Firearms dealer located on Kent Island (STEVENSVILLE) in Queen Anne's County,Maryland. Call 410-443-9721