Concealed Carry NOLA
Shopping for a class?

Shopping For A Concealed Handgun Course?

You should read the following before you make your decision.

1. If you call to inquire about a concealed handgun permit course and you are told that the total price "including everything" is under $200 you should be skeptical. The fee for a 5 year permit is $125 and $500 for a lifetime permit. That fee is paid to the "Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections". If you are quoted a total price for the whole process of under $200, I would bet that they are not including the fee for the permit. Note: Veterans and seniors 65 and older only pay 1/2 price for the permit fee.

2. Passport photos are no longer required. The state police will use your drivers license or Louisiana ID picture for your permit photo.

3. Notary is now optional. You are only required to get the 3 affidavit pages notarized if you plan on mailing in your application. If you use the online application portal you no longer need to pay for notary services.

Online application link:

4. You no longer need to get a certified check or money order for the permit fee. You can now pay with a credit card. If you use the online portal for the application you will receive an email form the Louisiana Sate Police Concealed Handgun Unit when all of your documents have been accepted. This email will contain a link to make payment online.

5. Mailing in your application is the slowest way to get your permit. I have had students get their permit in as little as 14 days if they use the online portal for the application and get their fingerprints taken at the Louisiana State Police Concealed handgun Units office. They only charge $10 for prints, and the processing of the application will begin that day.

Address for fingerprints:

Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Unit,

7919 Independence Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA. 70806

Open Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

6. If you must mail in your application ink fingerprints DO NOT always survive the mailing process. It is our suggestion that you get digital prints if you can not make it to Baton Rouge to get your fingerprints taken at the LSP Concealed Handgun Units office.

7. Not all classes are the same. Some instructors only teach the Basic Pistol Course without covering all the legal aspects of the use of deadly force. It is our contention that it is just as important to know when you cannot use your firearm as it is to know how to use your firearm. You will also learn about where you cannot carry your firearm, duties of permittees, what you should do if you plan to carry your gun in another state that recognizes your permit, and much more.

8. While it is not required we offer our students a chance to do a "defensive shooting drill" after they finish the standard range qualification. This will give student a taste of what a more advanced pistol class will cover. It will also show that you must work on additional skills if you plan to be ready for a true life threatening situation.

In closing I would like to say that your training for a concealed handgun permit is very important. Your goal in carrying a firearm for self defense is to not only stay alive through a life threatening encounter but to also stay out of the courtroom. Be sure you arm yourself with knowledge before you make a decision about which class you will attend.

Please read some of reviews from previous students below!

Brad G. Concealed Handgun Permit Renewal Course 2-7-14

"The time I spent with Dave today retraining for my concealed carry permit made me realize just how deficient my original certification course was. From the time we spent at the range working on basic and intermediate handgun skills to the very thorough review of situational awareness routines and legal code as it relates to self-protection, I came away from our session feeling not only much safer, but much better prepared to handle a potentially dangerous situation the right way. Thanks, Dave, for your thoroughness and patient technique - I'll definitely be back for more advanced training soon."


Sheryl C., Concealed Handgun Permit Renewal Course 2-7-14

"Dave, thank you for the class. I got so much more out of it. You are so professional. I needed a recertification to renew my concealed carry license. Dave is knowledgable and honest. He gave me suggestions for different types of firearms, and is very easy to learn from. I am looking forward to taking more classes and would highly recommend Dave Newman."


Sally B. NRA Basic Pistol Course 11/23/13

Dave Newman is an expert on the safety and handling of firearms. He has all the knowledge, skill and characteristics you want in a firearm instructor. I signed up for his basic handgun class with little-to-no experience but with a deep desire to educate myself on firearms, firearm safety, the mechanisms of firearms, and basic shooting. I left his class with the confidence and knowledge to further my studies and practice in both firearm safety, self-defense and to improve my shooting. Dave is a wonderful man. Other than being extremely well-versed and educated in all things related to firearms, he is both kind and patient and I can personally guarantee you will not regret any of your time training with him. I am so grateful for all of his help and advice. He went above and beyond teaching his class, but gave me personal help and advice in class, the range and also outside of class. He is available to answer any and all of my questions and concerns by email or phone. I think it is important to take these classes with someone you are comfortable around. Dave made me feel completely comfortable and I thoroughly trust him both with my safety and with the improvement of my skills. I cannot wait to take his next level of classes and continue my education with him.

Dave Newman is the best of the best!


Charles and Amanda, NRA Basic Pistol Course - 5/25/13

Dave, Thank you very much for the Basic Pistol course you provided to my girlfriend and I. It was much more instruction than I had anticipated, and we are BOTH more knowledgeable and confident as a result of your efforts. I was mostly concerned with her proficiency in handling (loading, unloading, disassembly) and shooting the firearm quickly and effectively, but she ended up shooting better than me! It will take some time for me to completely break the crossed-thumbs habit, but I would have never known to do so if I did not have your instruction. Also, as a result of your expertise, we will be saving quite a bit of money with the the Concealed Carry applications (I'll leave this to your potential, future clients to figure out how.) 5-stars, expert-instruction. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to become more informed/less of a victim--PARTICULARLY WOMEN!


Tim - Renewal Client - May 22, 2013

Thanks Dave.  I really enjoyed the class.  You made me smarter than I was when I woke up this morning.  I also appreciate your going the extra mile and saving me fifty dollars.  I'll spread the word.


A.P. Forbes - November 27, 2012

Dave, my wife and I want to thank you for the superb class you conducted last Saturday.  We appreciate the thoroughness and clarity of the presentation.  Your patience and genuine concern for the students’ safety and learning was evident.  The net result was instilling in us vital fundamentals, both skills and knowledge, and the confidence to continue learning and improving.  And, quite frankly, it was fun.

Best wishes,

A.P. Forbes

Brandon, MD November 5, 2012

Wanted to write you about the class. First we all really enjoyed the class. You took a subject that we were all apprehensive about and helped us to relax. The class was fun and realistic. Additionally I appreciate how you took extra time with those of us who needed it. As opposed to just trying to push everyone through you were invested in helping and getting them through the training. We have decided on our individual firearms and will start to look for more time to continue our education.


Brad, Captian New Orleans Fire Department New Orleans - August 8, 2012

Okay everybody. Myself and Leon F Vial took our concealed weapons class today. It was taught by David Newman, a certified instructor. His website is I highly recommend this class to everyone. He is willing to come out to you're home or office to teach it! He also teaches a ton of other classes as well. We need to defend ourselves now more than ever, and Dave is the right guy to teach you! We left the class and the range where we were shooting live rounds feeling confident and comfortable in our abilities. Please check this guy out... you won't regret it!


Nicole, Fitness Instuctor/Trainer New Orleans - June 14, 2012

This course was exactly what I was looking for. My husband has 2 guns and I had no idea how to use them. We have 2 little girls and he travels a lot for work. I felt like if there were guns in the house, then I should know how to use them. I was afraid to even touch them before! David, was an excellent teacher. He was patient, knew what he was talking about and really made me feel comfortable. I wanted gun knowledge for self defense purposes and he made sure I knew everything I needed to know to feel comfortable using a gun to protect myself and my family. He even shared extra information with me on self defense, outside of the course material. Now I know how to load, unload, clean and shoot our guns in a way that is safe for me and my family. I highly recommend this instructor to anyone who needs to learn about gun safety, beginner or advanced. I feel so much safer.


Jacob, Manager/New Orleans & Mandeville - May 23. 2012 


I have to tell you I'm impressed and I'm not easily impressed.   Frankly, so was my crew.  As the owner of a company that sends sales people and service providers into all areas of metro New Orleans day and night, I have to thank you for our concealed handgun permit course.  Thank you for making us feel safer at a time when most people are constantly looking over their shoulders.  Now my employees are empowered to protect themselves.  Not just by carrying concealed weapons, but knowing how to use them...or maybe more importantly, knowing when NOT to.  The lessons you taught about using awareness as self defense and avoiding confrontation were invaluable.  You were the consumate professional, an effective teacher and attentive instructor.  The fact that you came to our offices to conduct the classes made what could have been a real challenge so convenient.  
And, of course, everybody's favorite part of the course, meeting you at the gun range for the final stages of qualifications. You created such a sense of team, yet were so attentive to some of us who needed careful instruction.   
I will recommend Concealed Carry NOLA to all my associates, friends and family. 
You made it easy and enjoyable, Dave. And, those of us who are not outdoorsmen were especially appreciative of your patience. 

G. Calongne - May 16, 2012

I had contacted Dave regarding recertification for my Louisiana concealed weapon permit. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dave. I was overwhelmingly impressed with his knowledge of firearms and their safe
handling as well as Louisiana laws regarding concealed carry and the use of deadly force. Dave took the time to thoroughly explain what I needed to know to handle the weapon safely, hit the target and to observe and assess each situation carefully to make the right decision before removing that firearm from its
holster. I would not hesitate to recommend Dave Newman to anyone looking for some REAL firearms instruction.

G. Calongne

M. Brenner - May 4, 2012

“David is an excellent instructor. He was extremely thorough with all aspects of his “one on one” course. He is able to share his knowledge in a way that is very intuitive and easy to understand, which made retention of the information effortless.

I had not handled a firearm in approximately fifteen years; so needless to say, I was initially hesitant and lacking confidence with respect to operating the firearm safely and effectively. David’s instruction was extremely effective with providing the correct amount of knowledge, skill, and general attitude instruction. This training elevated my confidence and ultimately provided me the ability to properly and safely own and operate firearms for self-defense. In addition, my interest in the sport of shooting has increased exponentially.

I highly recommend David and Concealed Carry NOLA to everyone that is looking to get involved with the sport of shooting or owning firearms for self-defense”

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

M. Brenner

S. Gearhart - April 16th, 2012

Dave is an excellent instructor. Even though I have extensive experience with handguns I was still impressed with the extent of Dave's knowledge on the use of force and the laws that pertain to carrying a handgun for self defense. This course covered everything you would need to know about using and maintaining your gun, proper technique for accurate shooting, conflict resolution, disparity of force, etc. One of the other students in the class was a complete novice. And Dave made him feel perfectly comfortable and encouraged him throughout all stage of the course. A friend of mine who is a law enforcement officer also took the class. He was impressed with how Dave was able to handle some of his more advance questions. During the class he was friendly and professional. I highly recommend taking your concealed handgun permit course or any of their other courses offered at Concealed Carry NOLA.

S. Gearhart

P. McGinty - April 12th, 2012

Dave is an ideal instructor for folks of all skill levels.  I'm a guy who is a complete handgun novice, but Dave made me feel perfectly comfortable and encouraged me throughout all stages of the course.  He accommodated my beginner-level questions and concerns, but he was also able to fully and competently field (like a pro) the advanced questions raised by my more experienced friends who took the course with me.  One of those friends is ex-law enforcement, and I know he was impressed and completely satisfied with Dave's awesome instruction
and knowledge.  My friend's wife also participated, and I know she was comfortable, had a great time, and learned a lot.  From the get-go, Dave was easy to talk to and provided great flexibility in scheduling the course.  During the class, Dave was friendly, courteous, and easy-going, but also professional, competent, and adaptable to different learning styles.  Dave is just a great guy - his passion for (and expertise at) what he does, his attentiveness to each individual's needs, and his sincere encouragement have made me much more confident and motivated to become a more knowledgeable, skilled, and responsible gun-owner.  Dave even offered to take me gun shopping, and he routinely makes himself available to answer questions and to help this newbie out.  I really couldn't have had a better experience.

P. McGinty


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