INPAX is pleased to offer ACT 235 Certification to our community. This page describes the program requirements, rules and regulations to complete your certification.
The Lethal Weapons Training ACT 235 provides certification to privately employed agents to carry a lethal weapon. A lethal weapon is any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of bringing about great bodily harm or death. The Lethal Weapons Training Act incorporates education and training as part of being a certified agent.
Eligibility Requirements for Certification
To be eligible to receive ACT235 certification, candidates must pass the following requirements:
- At least 18 years of age.
- Pass a physical examination by a medical doctor
- Uncorrected vision of at least 20/70 in one eye and 20/200 in the other
- Corrected vision of at least 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other
- Pass hearing examination [permitted to use hearing aid]
- Pass a psychological examination administered by a licensed psychologist
- No conviction of a qualifying criminal offense as defined in Pa.C.S. Section 6105
- No conviction of misdemeanor of the 1st degree or higher.
- No conviction of a crime of violence
- No active Protection From Abuse orders
- No previous involuntary mental health commitments
- Submission of all application and processing fees that may include fingerprinting and a criminal background check.
- Completion of a training requirement (satisfied by INPAX ACT 235 training offered herein).
Applicants submitting a new application (not a renewal application) who meet the eligibility requirements for certification listed on this page are invited to apply on the Training and Certification System (TACS System) page.
For complete details on the application process, visit the Pennsylvania State Police ACT 235 application page at: https://www.psp.pa.gov/lethalweapons/Pages/initial_application_for_certification.aspx
Certification typically extends for five (5) years. The renewal process can begin no earlier than six months prior to the expiration date as printed on the certification card. Renewals cannot be completed once the certification has expired. Applicants will need to initiate a new application to be re-certified.
For complete details on the certification renewal process, visit the Pennsylvania State Police ACT 235 application renewal page at: https://www.psp.pa.gov/lethalweapons/Pages/certification-renewal.aspx
Rules & Regulations
INPAX strives to make the experience at our training facilities safe for everyone. All range participants are required to follow the range rules for safe handling and deployment of their firearm.
Basic Facility Rules
All participants at INPAX are required to satisfy all range safety requirements. These include:
- Having the proper understanding of INPAX range safety rules.
- Signing the INPAX range safety agreement and waiver.
- Being in possession of eye and ear protection at all times while on the range and wearing this equipment while the range is HOT.
UNIVERSAL LAWS OF FIREARMS SAFETY
- ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
- Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to destroy.
- ALWAYS keep your finger straight and away from the trigger until you’ve made the conscious decision to fire.
- Your trigger finger is your ULTIMATE safety.
- ALWAYS treat ALL guns as if they are loaded.
- Keep guns unloaded until you are ready to use.
- ALWAYS identify your target and what is around it.
- Know your target and its foreground and background
ADDITIONAL SAFETY PRINCIPLES & ETIQUETTE
- Immediately upon picking up any firearm, keep your finger off the trigger, point the muzzle in a safe direction, open the action and check both visually and physically to see that it is unloaded.
- Never give or take a firearm unless the action is open
- While on the firing line, do not bend over to retrieve dropped items until instructed to do so.
- If, while firing, you hear a muffled pop without a normal discharge of the firearm, KEEP THE FIREARM POINTED DOWN RANGE, and raise your hand to notify an instructor. DO NOT execute an Immediate Action Drill to clear the misfire. The round may be a “hang-fire” and could discharge either while clearing, or once cleared from the chamber.
- Safety is EVERYONE’S responsibility. If you observe any behavior you believe to be unsafe, please notify INPAX staff IMMEDIATELY.
Resources and Links
Please check these links for additional ACT 235 information:
Pennsylvania State Police
Lethal Weapons Training Program: https://www.psp.pa.gov/lethalweapons/pages/default.aspx
Questions regarding ACT 235 should be directed to the Pennsylvania State Police:
Lethal Weapons Certification
Pennsylvania State Police
8002 Bretz Drive
Harrisburg, Pa 17112-9748