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and Safety

Empowering our communities to live safe and fulfilling lives!

Chris and Joy Allen are parents, pastors, and community leaders who believe that passion leads to purpose! Married in 2002, they have overcome a number of life's obstacles and take every opportunity to share lessons learned with anyone who will listen.


Chris is a Marine Corps veteran and certified Range Safety Officer (RSO). Joy is a clinical research professional and certified firearms instructor. Together they share a love for people. Through community outreach and ministry work, they have witnessed far too many victims of violence, crime, ignorance, and opportunity.


So in March of 2017, with her husband's support, Joy decided to match her passion for helping people with her ability to train others in personal defense strategies, thereby founding E3 Personal Defense and Safety, LLC


The concept is simple. Through seminars, classes, personal coaching sessions, consultations, and home parties, E3 will EMPOWER you to live life without fear or intimidation. You will receive the EDUCATION needed to live each day with confidence. And you will ENJOY every step of the journey!



For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

- 2 Timothy 1:7


Self-defense is not just a set of techniques;

it's a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.

Rorian Gracie



Let me introduce myself! I am Joy Allen, a wife, mother, pastor, counselor, corporate professional, entrepreneur, author, and community leader who is passionate about educating and equipping others to live safe, enjoyable, and empowered lives! For many years, I have dedicated my life to training and mentoring others to become effective leaders in business, the church, and society. However, I've found that even the most successful and faithful citizens are generally ill-informed about basic safety, crime prevention, and personal defense, especially in minority communities.


My journey with formal firearms training began in 2015. Since that time, I've learned a great deal and met a number of phenomenal people within the gun community. As I continue building my own skills and knowledge, I am determined to share the same with others.


I specialize in providing world-class safety, situational awareness, and foundational firearms training to communities where such resources are scarce by partnering with churches and community groups, women's associations, small businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. When you enroll in an E3 Personal Defense training course, you are not only equipping yourself but also investing in someone else's opportunity to access information that may not otherwise be availed to them. You have my personal commitment that your experience will be a professional, safe, and enjoyable step toward your ability to self-protect. Together, we can transform potential victims into victors by instilling the proper knowledge, skills, and attitude for safe and enjoyable living!

Joy Allen, Owner of E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC

Joy's qualifications include:

  • Certified Glock Armorer

  • USCCA Certified Instructor

  • USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • NC DOJ Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Course Instructor

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Certified Refuse to Be a Victim® Instructor

  • NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor

  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Women on Target® Clinic Staff Volunteer

  • Distinguished Expert in Pistol and Defensive Pistol (I & II), Winchester (NRA) Marksmanship Program

  • Official Partner, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

  • Leadership Team, Triangle NC Gun Club, National African-American Gun Association (NAAGA)

  • Founder, CEM, and Co-Director, InHER PIECE Women's Shooting Club

  • Member, Glock Sports Shooting Foundation (GSSF)

  • Member, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

  • Fuquay-Varina Chapter Co-Leader, The Well Armed Woman (TWAW)

  • eChapter Member, A Girl with a Gun Shooting League

  • Concerned Citizen with a Passion to Empower!


E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC, is an official partner of the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).


Your life is on the line.

Practice well.

Masaaki Hatsumi



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NRA Refuse to Be A Victim

Skill Level: All

NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim. 


NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Skill Level: Beginner

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.


Introduction to Handguns

Skill Level: Beginner

In just two to three hours, this course will provide a thorough overview of firearm safety, handgun types, marksmanship fundamentals, firearm storage, and maintenance.


USCCA Basic Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This Basic Handgun course includes three hours of combined classroom and range instruction designed to provide a comprehensive overview of defensive shooting.


USCCA Women's Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

The USCCA Women's Handgun and Self-Defense Fundamentals course provides ladies an overview of how to safely operate a handgun and employ effective self-defense methods.

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InHER Piece

Skill Level: All

"Piece of mind, one round at a time!"

InHer Piece is a Ladies Shooting Club celebrating diversity and 2A for all! It's a shooting club for women, by women.

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Marksmanship Fundamentals

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Designed specifically for the casual shooter, this class will introduce and review pistol mechanics, marksmanship fundamentals, safety, and proficiency drills.


Empowerment Parties

Skill Level: All

Everyone loves a party! Allow E3 to customize an empowering, educational and enjoyable event just for you. This is a great option for birthdays, bridal showers, etc.


NC Concealed Carry Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

The Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) training is the model course produced by the North Carolina Justice Academy. This is required to apply for a concealed carry permit in NC.

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Personal/Private Instruction

Skill Level: All

Book your personal session with Joy Allen. Improve accuracy. Appropriately select and shop for a handgun. Get assistance in cleaning your firearm. Whatever your goals, we can help!

*** C O V I D  N O T I C E ***
Per health and gathering restrictions, all courses are limited to ten (10) attendees until further notice. Hand sanitizer will be provided in each class, and students are required to wear masks for all sessions. Note that social distancing is not always possible within the classroom or shooting range. E3 Personal Defense cannot control the number of patrons gathering within a public venue. Anyone with elevated health risks or discomfort with public gatherings should not register for courses at this time.





E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC

Phone: +1 919 964 0860


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