Instructor Code of Conduct

Firearms instructors must adhere to high ethical standards and conduct themselves in a manner that shares our values and reflects positively on the organization. As such, Instructor credentials may be revoked by LGC leadership for conduct unbecoming as outlined below. 

Requirements

 

  1. Standing with LGC: Firearms instructors are required to be paid members in good standing with LGC (e.g. no outstanding member dues or bans from our social platforms).
  2. Compliance with Laws: Firearms instructors must be legally eligible to own firearms (not be federally prohibited persons) and are required to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing firearms instruction, use, and ownership. 
  3. Knowledge of Regulations: Instructors must stay informed about changes to relevant laws and regulations to ensure that their instruction remains current and compliant.
  4. Safe Handling Practices: Instructors are responsible for teaching and promoting safe handling practices in accordance with legal requirements, LGC lead instructor guidance, and industry standards.
  5. Liability: You understand and agree that while LGC is the organization that certified you on specific training curriculum and content, you are not teaching on behalf of LGC, nor are you covered by any insurance policy related to LGC. You assume all personal and professional liability associated with the firearms classes you teach.

Code of Conduct

 

  1. Respect for Diversity: We value and respect students from all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, body type, religion, or socio-economic status.
  2. Inclusive Language: We use inclusive language that promotes a welcoming and respectful atmosphere for all participants. Instructors should make every effort to use gender neutral pronouns or preferred pronouns for each student as requested. 
  3. Non-Discrimination: We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Discriminatory behavior or language is not permitted in our classes.
  4. Safe and Supportive Environment: We are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where all students feel comfortable expressing themselves and asking questions.
  5. Open to Feedback: We approach teaching with an open mind, recognizing that there is often something new to learn from our students and colleagues. We welcome feedback from our students and colleagues as a means of improving our teaching methods and creating a better learning experience for everyone. We will encourage all students to provide both verbal feedback at the ends of classes and written feedback via the online course evaluation form.
  6. Conflict Resolution: We handle conflicts and disagreements with professionalism and respect, inside and outside of class, avoiding use of force when possible. 
  7. Continuous Learning: We are committed to continuously improving our skills and knowledge as firearms instructors, staying informed about best practices and new developments in the field. Instructors are expected to be students themselves and invest the time to continuously improve their own knowledge and skills. 
  8. Lead by Example: We lead by example, demonstrating responsible firearm ownership and adherence to the recommendations we teach at all times; including in social media posts. 
  9. Representation of the LGC Instructor Community: Instructors are representatives of our organization both in and out of the classroom or range. Therefore, we must exercise discretion and professionalism in our public behavior, especially when discussing firearms. This would include public representation of the Liberal Gun Club’s positions or teachings to the press, in social media posts, or at events where you identify yourself as an instructor certified by the Liberal Gun Club. 
  10. Fair Opportunity Access: Firearms instructors are encouraged to create fair opportunity access to their classes, regardless of students’ socio-economic situations or physical abilities. While instructors may charge for their classes, rates should be within market ranges and reasonable for the services provided. Instructors are encouraged to offer flexible payment options to accommodate students who may face financial barriers to participation. Examples may include installment payments, deferred payments, “pay what you want”, discounts for LGC members, etc…