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'Active shooter response' tactical training offered to armed civilians

A Denver-based company specializing in tactical training is offering courses aimed at preparing civilians with permits to carry concealed guns to deal with an "active shooter" in a school or workplace.

U.S. course shows civilians with guns how to respond to a workplace or school shooting

This is a real school in Denver, but the "active shooter" scenario the student is training to confront is a drill. 

TAC ONE Consulting, a Colorado-based company specializing in weapons training, is offering courses for people who have permits to carry a concealed weapon, showing them how to deal with school or workplace shootings.

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)

The 'law enforcement grade' course is offered to 'responsible citizens.'

The company says it offers consulting on "active shooter response and tactical training for law enforcement," as well as "self-defence concealment training" for civilians, according to its website. It requires participants in the active shooter response class to have a permit to carry a concealed handgun and to "prove their proficiency" by offering up certificates and an "explanation of life experiences."  

One of the first of those courses was held in a Denver middle school last week. This is Joe Deedon, the company's president, demonstrating to a student in that session how to search a room for a gunman.

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)
(Rick Wilking/Reuters)

The training is meant to 'save lives prior to the arrival of law enforcement.'

Without making specific reference to recent school shootings in the U.S., the company's website says the new course is meant to empower civilians with the right stuff (specifically the right permits, training and guns) to "save lives" before the arrival of law enforcement. 

This is Tony Schluck, one of TAC ONE's instructors, demonstrating defensive techniques during the school shooting scenario on Saturday.

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The training is done with real real guns.

These guns, used by the participants in Deedon's course, are Glock semi-automatic pistols that have been modified to shoot non-lethal training ammunition. They're real firearms and shoot marking projectiles, hence the need for face and eye protection. 

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)
(Rick Wilking/Reuters)

TAC ONE's Facebook page says Saturday's class in Denver was "great" and that it will be offered again in the Denver area as well as in Austin, Texas, Phoenix, Boise, Idaho, and in Wyoming in the future.

Here, Deedon does a debriefing while a mock victim lies on the floor of a school hallway. 

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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