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UintaFirearms
Hello,

My name is Connor.  I just signed up for the forum because I'm interested in learning about Guam's firearms laws.  Earlier today my wife, and subsequently myself and our boys, were informed by the Navy that we will be moving to Guam next summer.  We will be there for 3 years.  Having been all over the US lower 48, I understand firearms laws vary greatly by location.  Initial research into Guam's firearms laws indicate Guam is not very Second Amendment friendly.  Guam doesn't appear to be as restrictive as Chicago, but nowhere as free as many other states.  I'm here to learn about Guam's laws so that I don't run afoul of them, and risk my wife's career.

As for me, I'm a firearms instructor, and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I am certified by the NRA to teach Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, and Personal Protection In The Home.  I'm also a certified Range Safety Officer, and licensed by The State of Utah to teach their Concealed Firearms Permit Course, although I don't think the latter is going to do me much good in Guam.  I am anticipating getting certified as a NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor within the year so that I can have my certification as a NRA Defensive Instructor.

The NRA has also informed me that I now qualify to become a Training Counselor in order to develop instructors.  I'm on the fence about that, especially since Guam is so small and I'm concerned about the cost being too high to justify.  If I'm wrong please let me know and I'll consider earning this certification.  I would have to travel to NRA HQ near Washington DC, which is only 3 hours away.

If you're interested in viewing my course offerings, you can find my website at www.uintafirearms.com.

If you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Fat Finger
Hey Connor,

Well, if the Navy doesn't change their plans for you and your family, then, an advanced welcome to Guam!

My name is Phil and I am sure you will, should you choose to, enjoy your stay on our island.  There are a few things, or rules, the you and your family must submit to before you arrive.  It'll make the living on Guam much, much easier.

1.  OOG  -- Only on Guam, is a fact of life here.  Get used to it.  There is no reason.  It is...

A good number of visitors come to the island and struggle with the "why do they...".  Don't sweat the small stuff, it is...

The easier you accept that simple, well, rule, the easier everything else will be!

2.  If you get #1 down, everything else is gravy, well, almost.  #1 is just like the front sight on our handguns.  Nuff said.


There are a few NRA instructors here on island.  I'm walking in that direction myself.  It is quite expensive to get that cert since we have to travel to the Mainland to take the courses, but as with everything in life, if you want it, well....

I wouldn't know how many people here would like to become NRA instructions.  I don't think there are any Training Counselors...yet.  Although I appreciate the cost associated with training, getting the cert will not do you wrong, so if you can, go for it!  Who knows, maybe I'll be your first customer!

Anyway, hope to meet you and your family soon.

>> Phil


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UintaFirearms
Hi Phil.

Guam sounds like a large fortune 500 company.  It is....

I'm a bit relaxed.  I recognize that what is, is.  I'm not a micromanager, who must control everything going on around me.  I'm also very adaptive.

I just shared your reply with my wife.  We have just started listing several items on Ebay in an effort to downsize what we bring to Guam.  She just recommended we redirect some of our money to pay for the NRA Training Counselor Course.  I will contact the person at the NRA who is responsible to Training Counselor development and find out when the next available course is that I can sign up for.  I have already confirmed the remaining courses for 2016 are filled.  Hopefully I'll be able to enroll in a course in the first half of 2017.  I'll keep everybody updated on what develops.
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travis@guamfirearms
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Gents,

I moved this post to the General training discussions forum for organizational purposes. I thought this forum fit well with Connor's experience and background. However, This this may be a good way for the community to get to know each other. In the coming days, well will dedicate a forum to getting to know our members!

Connor,

Still working on getting you the information you requested regarding concealed carry and hunting. A member posted in the regulations forum and linked Guam DOA hunting regulations in his post. Also, our PD links are working again, but if you still have issues, feel free to download the attached pdf documents.

With the community's help, we will keep gettin' better.

V/R

Travis
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UintaFirearms
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genette44
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Hello Conner and Phil,


Connor,
The island of Guam  is very welcoming community so if you do arrive anytime soon Welcome in advance! I wanted to congratulate you on your invite to the NRA counselor course. Of course because this island is small it is hard to imagine that there will be a lot of interested individuals wanting to be an instructor. It is costly, but I say go for it. It is another tool in the box for you to have,  I just recently returned from Virginia and received my ratings. There are many interested patrons willing to learn about firearms safety and operation.

if I am not mistaken I am the only current Counselor here and going to offer courses sometime in 2017. I would love to get all the NRA instructors together so that we can  exchange and share feedbacks about our trainings, even build some great training  methods or even work to assist one another during courses.

Well please contact me if you want to talk more about the Counselorship program. I can give you some helpful tips to help you prepare for the course.

And Phil, sounds like I know you man...haha,..if this is PHIL Santos (Hello man)

email at gshotsfirearmstraining@gmail.com
contact is : 671-988-1197

GINA GARRIDO