Legal Issues for Self Defense and Concealed Carry  

AFTS is happy to announce this new class for our civilian students who wish to learn more about the legal issues related to owning, carrying, and using a firearm for self defense.

This class is taught by a practicing local attorneys from the Birmingham area, with both criminal defense and prosecution experience.  It covers the basics of justifiable use of lethal force for self defense and the law in Alabama that governs carrying a concealed handgun.  This module is included in the NRA Personal Protection in the Home Class.  Typical duration is 2  hours plus ample time to answer all student questions.  The class is taught in a local classroom facility.  


Registration and pre-payment of the class fee is required to hold your seat in this class.  Visit our registration page or contact to learn more about reserving your place in the next class.

The Instructors

W. Barry Alvis is the principal of the Birmingham law firm of W. Barry Alvis & Associates, L.L.C.  His area of practice is largely concentrated in criminal defense.  His experience includes defending a number of jury trials and appeals in cases ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Capital Murder cases.  Mr. Alvis earned his Bachelor of Science and Business Administration with the concentration in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law.  During his education, he was a member of the Varsity Rifle Team at Jacksonville State University and has been an avid shooter and collector of firearms for twenty-five years.  Additionally, he has been involved in many different types of firearms litigation and was appointed as a Special Circuit Judge in Jefferson County where he presided over municipal and county appeals. 

Lara McCauley Alvis is an attorney with the Birmingham law firm of W. Barry Alvis & Associates, L.L.C.  Her area of practice is primarily criminal defense litigation.  Her experience includes seven years with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb during her tenure on the Court of Criminal Appeals.  Her experience includes numerous jury trials and appeals ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Murder cases.  Mrs. Alvis earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama.  She is a member of the Shelby County Bar Association where she served as President, a Blackburn Fellow from the University of Alabama , and the 2009 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.  Additionally, she is the Coach of the University of Alabama ’s National Criminal Moot Court Team and attends National Competition each year in San Diego , California . 



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