We all want to learn, but we want to do so safely, alongside other responsible individuals that we can trust to handle firearms appropriately. As an organization, the Armed Defense Training Association mandates that only active members in good standing may participate in live-fire events. ADTA elects to perform screening and review of applicants and members to help maintain a safe, productive, trustworthy and friendly learning environment. Most of our meetings and seminars; which do not include live-fire exercises; are generally open to the public as well as members. Our classes and presentations are a great way to get to know us prior to deciding to become a member and participate in live-fire events.
Membership in the Armed Defense Training Association (ADTA) is open to upstanding, responsible adults of our communities, including in general people who:
and who either:
Membership is at the discretion of the ADTA Board of Directors.
ATF Form 4473 eligibility checklist
All ADTA applicants must declare that they are not prohibited by law from legally possessing a firearm. The questions below were adapted from ATF Form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record) that is filled out when legally purchasing firearms. By applying for membership you are certifying that:
What does the background check entail?
The purpose of the ADTA background check is to help establish the credibility and character of applicants. All ADTA applicants are required to consent that the ADTA may perform background checks upon the applicant at its discretion and expense, including at any time after membership is established. In general, background checks include public record searches, particularly criminal and court records.
Should a background check contain negative information, and that information is taken into account by the ADTA in a decision to deny or terminate membership, we will provide details of the background check sources we used. Applicants are encouraged to contact those sources to correct information they report, if necessary. The ADTA may require applicants to agree to cover costs incurred to perform additional background checks to investigate or resolve disparities.
If an applicant cannot pass a background check to the ADTA’s satisfaction, but subsequently obtains a valid Washington State Concealed Pistol License (CPL), the CPL will be accepted in lieu of the background check.
It is each member’s responsibility to inform the ADTA should an event occur which may impact their eligibility to participate in ADTA events, such as:
The ADTA Board of Directors may review any member’s present eligibility. At the discretion of the Board, membership may be terminated at any time without refund or compensation.
ADTA is a member-led organization. We welcome your feedback and comments. Please direct inquiries to our Membership Committee, reachable via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit one of our public monthly membership meetings and seminars, and we can talk in person during general discussion after the event.