Packin' Heat Firearms in Temple, Maine is now open for business! NRA Basic Pistol Courses and NRA FIRST Steps courses are in full swing! Both of these classes meet the Maine State requirement for knowledge of basic handgun safety when applying for a concealed carry permit. The purpose of these classes is to teach safe handgun handling and operation using the principles set forth by the NRA. The Basic Pistol Safety course is 8 hours in length and the FIRST Steps can be done in as little as 3 hours. Anyone who is legally able to possess a handgun is welcome to take classes. People over 21 years old are eligible to apply for their Maine State Concealed Carry Permit after completion of the class. Anyone under 21 will receive the certificate of successful completion which can be used to apply for their concealed carry permit when they turn 21. The certificate of completion is valid for 5 years when using it to apply for your first concealed carry permit.