Brandon Karns

Lead Instructor

Lead Instructor Brandon Karns with mascot Hiro!

KDS Lead Instructor Brandon Karns was born and raised in South Florida and offers a wide variety of experience. He has spent several years in various roles in local law enforcement as well as the academic setting. Brandon is an alumni of Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and served as President of the American Criminal Justice Association. In that role, he instructed undergraduate students in the use of firearms as it related to careers in criminal justice.

Brandon holds several certifications as a Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer, as well as certifications from other organizations in related topics.

Brandon has completed the following instructor-level coursework related to firearms:

  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Basic Rifle Instructor

  • NRA Basic Shotgun Instructor

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor

  • NRA Personal Protection Outside of the Home Instructor

  • NRA CCW Instructor

  • Glock Armorer's Course (Glock Professional Inc.)

  • State of Florida Certificate of Firearms Proficiency (Class "G")

  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Instructor (ALERRT/Texas State University)