Lending their knowledge and expertise as advisors to the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. are industry leaders Massad Ayoob, John Farnam, Jim Fleming, Tom Givens, Emanuel Kapelsohn and Dennis Tueller. Short biographical sketches of each follow, though it is difficult to completely convey the depth of experience represented on the board.
MASSAD F. AYOOB
Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally-known firearms and self-defense instructor. As Director of the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, New Hampshire, he taught police and civilian self-defense techniques to both law enforcement officers and private citizens worldwide since 1974. Now he is head of the Massad Ayoob Group, through which he continues to teach.
Ayoob frequently serves as an expert witness in trials where use of force or self-defense concerns are being argued. He has served as a part-time police officer in three departments and currently holds the rank of Captain in the Grantham, New Hampshire police department.
In addition to teaching, he serves on the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators’ and Trainers’ Association. In 1998, he was voted the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year, an honor he shares with luminaries like Jeff Cooper, Charles Askins, Bill Jordan, Walter Walsh, William B. Ruger and others.
Massad has authored many books and countless articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues, and was a featured presenter on the television show Personal Defense TV, hosted by Tom Gresham.
In addition to his work as an expert witness, author and instructor, Massad is a former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is believed to be the only non-attorney to ever hold this position. Massad’s course for attorneys, titled "The Management of the Lethal Force/Deadly Weapons Case" was, according to Jeffrey Weiner (former President of NACDL), "the best course for everything you need to know but are never taught in law school."
John S. Farnam, president of Defensive Training International, is considered one of the top handgun instructors in the nation. He has personally trained thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as civilians in the tactical use of firearms.
In addition, he has authored three books on the subject, "The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning," "The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting" and "The Street Smart Gun Book," and is author of numerous articles about defensive shooting and tactics published in magazines including Police Marksman, American Handgunner, Combat Handguns, Guns and Ammo and Soldier of Fortune. His latest book “Guns & Warriors –DTI Quips Volume 1,” is a compilation of his popular email commentaries.
After graduating from Cornell College with a BA in Biology, John entered the US Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and sent to Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader. For the next fifty-one days, he was involved in heavy fighting and was awarded three Purple Hearts. John served the remainder of his active duty time in the United States, training Marines. He remained active in the Reserves until retiring in 1987 with the rank of major.
In addition, John has been a police officer since 1971, and is presently a fully commissioned deputy sheriff (Training Officer) for the Park County, Colorado Sheriff's Office.
In 1996 John was awarded the prestigious "Tactical Advocate of the Year" title by the American Tactical Shooting Association (ATSA) at the conclusion of the Sixth Annual National Invitational held at the Gunsite Training Center in Paulden, Arizona.
Jim is a former Nebraska certified law enforcement officer and Investigator for the Nebraska State Crime Commission. He is a practicing trial attorney with 27 years of experience in both criminal defense and civil trials in both the state and federal courts of Minnesota and Nebraska. During that time, he has conducted well over 250 trials, in addition to presenting numerous appeals on both the state and federal levels, including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is also an experienced firearms instructor and President of Mid-Minnesota Self-Defense, Inc., a company providing both basic and advanced firearms self-defense training for private citizens and law enforcement officers. Jim is an NRA certified firearms instructor in the disciplines of pistol, rifle and shotgun, and has attended numerous shooting schools including LFI-1 in 2009.
Jim is one of our Network affiliate attorneys, and is a Director of Curriculum Development for Network in the area of continuing education for our affiliate attorneys. His work is also depicted in the non-fiction book, The Bison King published by Tate Publishing Company, describing Jim’s successful defense of a man, wrongfully accused of first degree murder in a 27 year old, "cold case" homicide investigation, in Minnesota in 2006. Jim is also an avid hunter and collector of military firearms.
Tom Givens is the owner and operator of the predominant indoor gun range, Rangemaster, in Memphis, TN. For over thirty years Tom’s duties have included firearms instruction, and he has trained law enforcement officers at the local and state levels; foreign government agents; and military personnel, including units of the 20th Special Forces, MP units, and the USMC High Risk Personnel cadre. At Rangemaster, he directs a successful training business that takes people from the ground-floor basics of gun safety to high-level tactical training.
Prior to his move to Rangemaster in 1996, Tom completed a 25-year career in law enforcement and specialized security work, during which time he made hundreds of arrests, including taking numerous armed felons into custody. He has successfully used a handgun to defend himself and others against armed criminals.
He is certified as an expert witness on firearms and firearms training, giving testimony in both state and federal courts all over the country. He serves as an adjunct instructor at the Memphis Police Department Training Academy, the largest in the state.
Tom’s training resume includes certification from the FBI Police Firearms Instructor School, NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Development School, NRA Law Enforcement Tactical Shooting Instructor School, US Army Instructor School, Advanced Tactical Pistol-TEES, and Gunsite 499 under Jeff Cooper, where he earned an Expert certificate, plus numerous other schools and courses.
He is the author of five published textbooks, including “Fighting Smarter,” and over a hundred magazine articles in SWAT Magazine, Combat Handguns, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, and other publications. Formerly an active competitive shooter, Tom once served on the IDPA Board of Directors, and has won several state and regional championships in both IPSC and IDPA competition. For a number of years he has attended the prestigious National Tactical Invitational (NTI) both as a shooter and as a lecturer.
Emanuel Kapelsohn has been a firearms, tactics and use of force expert in trials across the nation, defending use of force cases in federal and state courts, in both civil and criminal trials. Work as an expert witness has made him integral to cases involving self-defense use of force, officer-involved shootings, gun accidents, hunting accidents, home storage of firearms accidents, product liability cases involving guns, holsters and more. He has worked for the prosecution on some cases and for the defense on others. He is a certified shooting scene reconstructionist and also testifies about ballistics and firearms, human factors like tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, sensory gating and other phenomena associated with the psychological responses present in deadly force encounters. He has provided legal advice, training and expert witness services to federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice and others, big city police departments and several state attorney general’s offices. He is on a DOJ list of attorney on call to provide immediate post-shooting representation to federal agents.
An attorney with a Pennsylvania firm, Kapelsohn started practicing law in 1978, holds degrees from Yale (with honors) and Harvard Law School, and has been an adjunct instructor at Indiana University’s criminal justice department.
He is an NRA endowment member, an active reserve deputy sheriff, and has for 26 years served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He is also the author of over 100 published articles, and longer works including Firearms Training Standards For Law Enforcement Personnel, Standards And Practices Guide For Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, and Safety Guidelines For Simulation Training.
Kapelsohn has long been influential in firearms training on a national and international basis, both through his Peregrine Corporation and as a firearms trainer for the gun manufacturers including Glock, Mossberg, Para Ordnance and others, as well as directly for police agencies nationwide. He has taught police firearms instructor development courses for the NRA and for a wide variety of agencies. In addition to his work with IALEFI, he has worked with other police organizations including the American Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET) and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Dennis Tueller is perhaps best known for researching and developing groundbreaking training protocol, as exemplified in his published seminal article, "How Close is Too Close." In that text Dennis identified the critical concepts dubbed "proximics", which influenced a revolution in tactical training doctrine, coming to be known as the "Tueller Principle."
Beyond that noteworthy accomplishment, Dennis is internationally recognized and respected as a law enforcement instructor, acknowledged by peers in books and publications. He has served as adjunct instructor/coach for world-renowned training organizations including Thunder Ranch, Inc., Gunsite Training Center, U.S. D.O.E. Safeguards & Security Central Training Academy, Defense Training International, The Police Training Division, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and he is regularly invited to present at major law enforcement training conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He currently teaches for Glock in their police firearms instructor and armorer training division.
In his career, Dennis has developed and presented hundreds of classes, lectures, live-fire range and shoot-house training courses, role-play exercises, personal coaching sessions, seminars, and video productions on practical shooting techniques, instructor development, patrol tactics and officer survival procedures, firearms safety, combat marksmanship and gun-handling, judicious use of lethal force, performance under stress, and winning mind-set. During his career with the Salt Lake City Police Department he received the Chief's Award for outstanding performance in developing firearms policy and providing firearms training. Dennis retired from the SLCPD after 25 years of service, at the rank of Lieutenant.
Marty Hayes, president of the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, Inc. and vice president J. Vincent Shuck serve as ex officio members of the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network's advisory board.