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Hi Anthony, Charlie & Jimmy Last night I attended the First Steps class with Jimmy. Even though this class is geared for beginning shooters and I have been a gun owner since 1983, the class was very informative and I learned a lot. Jimmy has a great teaching style that made learning a serious topic fun and easy to understand. He engages the class well and keeps everyone involved. During the live fire session Paul worked with me and helped me overcome some bad habits I’ve developed over the years and he also has a nice approach to teaching firearms safety and handling. I also observed both Paul and Jimmy taking first-time shooters from nervous first trigger pulls to consistent groupings. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Last week I also took the UT & FL non-resident CCW courses with Charlie at Cherry Ridge. He also has a great presentation style and managed to get a room full of applicants trained and processed promptly. Your Woodland Park facility is also first class. It’s clean and welcoming. Most indoor ranges I’ve been to are dark and not user-friendly. GFH stands head and shoulders above the competition. Thanks again for offering this opportunity to the public to increase firearms safety and skills. I look forward to another class soon.
Kevin K., Member

Psychology and Firearms

Length of Course: 3-4 hours
Location: Woodland Park Range. Mobile training for this class is also available.
Course Level: Starter (What’s this?)
Who teaches this course? This course is taught by Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in New Jersey (#4975) and New York (#019418).

Course Description: In this class, Dr. Pirelli tackles the tough questions head-on: What psychological factors are associated with high-profile shooting cases? What is mental illness? Which diagnoses and symptoms are related to firearm-related violence and suicide? What does the law say about psychological problems and firearm ownership? What might lead a new applicant to be flagged or a permit holder’s firearms to be revoked? How does someone stay psychologically healthy to ensure firearm safety? These questions and more will be addressed in this cutting-edge course that promotes the mental health aspects of firearm competence. You will learn about psychological issues associated with the improper use of firearms, such as mental illness, substance use, violence, and suicide. You will also learn self-care techniques to utilize if you recognize mental health concerns in yourself or others. In addition, the mental health components of the existing and proposed firearm laws in New Jersey will be discussed. This interactive class is for everyone interested in developing their firearm competence: from those who have never handled a firearm to those with extensive experience.

This course is taught by Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in New Jersey (#4975) and New York (#019418). Dr. Pirelli has extensive training and experience in Forensic Psychology. He conducts psychological evaluations in criminal and civil matters, including firearm-related assessments. He has published extensively in the area of forensic mental health assessment and he has taught numerous courses at the post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate levels.

  • Psychological Aspects of High-Profile Shooting Cases
  • U.S. and NJ Firearm Statistics
  • Mental health Components of NJ Firearm Laws
  • Psychologists’ Roles in Firearm Cases
  • Mental Illness: Definition, Statistics, and Review of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Violence
  • Suicide
  • Self-Care
  • Q & A
  • Bring pad and pencil for note taking
  • Classroom theory only, no live fire
Once you have taken this course here are a few other courses we recommend. If you’re not sure you’re ready just ask the instructor for a free personal consultation.
  • Evan Nappen Live Action Gun Law
  • First Steps™ Pistol
  • First Steps™ Rifle
  • First Steps™ Shotgun

More Testimonials

Dear Anthony, I found the First Steps course to be a very lively and spirited one.It is refreshing to be among a group of people who cherish the right to own firearms. Our instructor, Robert Howe, knows guns like the back of his hand and was quite helpful. It was a pleasure meeting you, Anthony, and I’m glad you made that cameo appearance in the classroom. Hopefully, one day the State of New Jersey will come to its senses and adopt rational firearms legislation. And when it does, we can all thank the outspoken proponents of Second Amendment rights like yourself. My Florida CCW application went out in the mail yesterday. I look forward to my next course at Guns For Hire.
John Morlino, Member



Anthony, Thanks for a great experience for my son and I. We attended you “First steps pistol” course with Sandy yesterday and it was great! My son has had an interest in competitive shooting for several years and finally got the opportunity to learn from the pros at your facility. Everyone we came in contact with was very supportive and my son and I learned alot. We are looking forward to visiting often. Thanks again to everyone there for a GREAT experience!!!
Kevin S., Member



Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email. Yes – I enjoyed the class yesterday; it was very informative and a good introduction to shooting safely. I now feel confident enough to go to the range and practice independently. However, I know that this is only an introduction and want to come back for further classes. I just wish you were closer than the 2 hour drive! But it was well worth it and will be seeing you again in 4-6 weeks hopefully. Many thanks.
Peter, Member



 Anthony and staff, I truly enjoyed and was extremely impressed with the extensive wealth of knowledge and your dead on approach to teaching firearms, First Steps to me. You covered an enormous amount of information in a short period of time and your teaching techniques and interaction with the students was remarkable, honest, and sincere. Absolutely can not say enough about the no B.S. way you people do your instruction and run the whole Gun For Hire Teaching / Training facility . Totally professional, yet very friendly, and by far the best firearms instruction I have ever seen. I am looking forward to continuing my training in other classes you offer in the near future. Thanks again!
Scott H., Member