Retired Officer Handgun Qualification
The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center offers qualified, retired officers in good standing the opportunity to complete the Nebraska State Handgun Qualification course in one of two ways if their previous agency does not or cannot provide an opportunity for the retired officer to qualify. This service is offered to assist retired officers in meeting the requirements of Federal statute HR 218 to carry a concealed firearm under its provisions.
Retired officers can make an appointment at the NLETC with the lead firearms instructor and shoot the course at NLETC or shoot the qualification course under the supervision of any Nebraska Firearms Instructor at another agency range with the permission of the firearms instructor’s agency.
NLETC does not provide this service to active law enforcement officers. Active officers must qualify through their employing agency.
Requirements to participate in either program:
- You must be a qualified, retired law enforcement officer in good standing with your agency of previous employment.
- You must have a photograph ID from your agency of retirement that identifies you as a retired officer in good standing from the agency.
- You must have one other form of photograph ID to present with your retirement ID.
- You must have a safe, functioning handgun that meets range standards. If qualifying at NLETC, you must have 380 caliber, 38 caliber, 357 caliber, 9mm, 10mm, 40 caliber and 45 caliber pistols or revolvers.
- You must have 50 rounds of factory manufactured ammunition for each qualification round you shoot.
- You must attest to being in good standing as a retired law enforcement officer using Form TC-004B.
If qualifying at NLETC:
- You must sign a waiver of liability TC-038.
- You must participate in a range safety class provided on the qualification day, prior to shooting.
- There is a fifty dollar, ($50) fee for the handgun qualification to cover range expenses. It must be paid on the qualification day prior to shooting. Qualification fees will not be refunded.
If not qualifying at NLETC:
- Instructors do not have to send any paperwork to NLETC.
- Here is a link to a blank form you can use to issue your own cards.
- Instructors need to keep everything in their records.
Each participant will be permitted two opportunities to qualify on the State fifty round qualification course on any one day. Participants should have adequate ammunition to complete the two qualification courses should the need arise to shoot the course twice. Any Nebraska Certified Firearms instructor can administer the qualification course, but will not provide training or instruction during the qualification. Participants who commit safety violations on the range will be removed from shooting that day. Participants who fail to qualify may participate in a future qualification date.
If you are not qualifying at NLETC, you or the instructor will not have to submit any paperwork to NLETC. The instructor can contact NLETC for a blank template to use to issue a card showing that you completed the qualification.
A description of the Nebraska handgun qualification course is available above. Further information about the course can be found in Rule and Regulation, Title 79, Chapter 11. The Operating Instruction covering this program is 50-63.
Please contact the NLETC at 308-385-6030 ext. 310 for more information.