David Lombardo brings a very wide range of experience into the classroom. He is the president and founder of SAFER USA. Founded in October 2006, SAFER USA has trained over 7,000 beginner, advanced, concealed carry and tactical students.
David is an NRA Training Counselor and Instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, Illinois Certified Firearms Instructor, Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor, NRA Law Enforcement Instructor, was one of the original NRA State of Illinois Youth Camp Coordinators, an NRA Distinguished Expert Marksman – Handgun, Utah Concealed Carry instructor, and specializes in the use of lethal force, personal protection in the home, and close quarter engagement tactics.
David is a court qualified expert witness in the design, maintenance, operation and use of firearms and levels of force relating to the use of firearms for personal protection. He was an expert witness in Wilson v. Cook County and Friedman, M.D.& ISRA v. The City of Highland Park - both challenges to existing assault weapon bans - and numerous criminal cases. He founded and is principal of SAFER USA Consulting Group – an expert witness consulting group consisting of five diverse firearms industry experts covering issues ranging from training and tactics to lead mitigation and range safety issues.
As president of On Target Media Group, he wrote the free weekly industry newsletter On Target Newsletter for over five years and was executive producer and co-host with Gretchen Fritz, of On Target Radio on Chicago’s #1 conservative talk radio station - AM560 THE ANSWER for over four years and 215 shows. On Target Radio is now a podcast program. David is co-anchor for SHOT Show TV, a regular contributor to the print publication, The Illinois Shooter, and a columnist for Town Hall Media’s BearingArms.com
David is also president of the 2,000 member, 268 acre Aurora Sportsmen’s Club, on the Fox Valley Friends of the NRA committee, an endowment life member of the NRA, Life member of the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and active with the Will County Chapter of the ISRA.
David is president of SAFER USA Outreach Fund, NFP, an IRS 501C3 not-for-profit company focusing on firearm training for women, minorities, young people and persons with disabilities. In that role he is also executive Director for SAFER USA Outreach Fund’s Annual Clyde Howell NRA Youth Shooting Sports Camp for kids 10 to 16. This will be the camp’s 19th year.
He joined the Army and volunteered for service in Vietnam where he was assigned to the First Infantry Division’s medical corps. He was also briefly in the Navy and has a total of 20 years as an armed auxiliary deputy sheriff in two states.
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