If there is an accident involving a firearm in your class or firearm training session, it is the instructor who is ultimately responsible. This includes any firearms training course being taught, either an NRA or non-NRA Course. The level of the instructor’s liability is dependent upon several factors. By allowing the wrong firearm and ammunition combination, not adequately knowing the different types of firearms out there, and lack of safety protocol are examples of potential accidents that can become a liability nightmare to the instructor.
There are 4 things that I have experienced in firearm training classes that I have taught, which could have led to serious accidents, some of which could have been deadly to the shooter or others in the class. These include antique firearms, sporterized rifles, choked shotgun barrels, and loose ammunition in the classroom and on the range. Any of these things can lead to serious bodily injury or death.
I do not make exceptions in my classes or training sessions when dealing with firearms, because safety is always paramount.