Our Team:

Meet our team of subject matter experts.


Morgan Ballis - Chief Firearms Instructor

Morgan is the founder and Chief Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC and an NRA Training Counselor.  He has served for over ten years in the infantry field of the United States Marine Corps.  His extensive background in firearms and tactics has allowed him to mentor across multiple branches of service as well as foreign military, police, and security forces.  Morgan has also worked closely with the United States Border Patrol conducting reconnaissance and surveillance missions.  Mr. Ballis is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in active shooter response. Morgan is a proud Board Member for the San Diego County Gun Owners.

M.S. Homeland Security and Emergency Management  Certified Anti-Terrorims and Force Protection Specialist

M.S. Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Certified Anti-Terrorims and Force Protection Specialist

State Instructor Certifications

Instructor Certifications

  • IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor

  • Rangemaster Firearm Instructor

  • MAG Deadly Force Instructor

  • ALERRT CRASE Trainer

  • ALiCE Institute Instructor

  • NRA Law Enforcement Instructor (Handgun)

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home

  • NRA Personal Protection Inside The Home

  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar

  • NRA Basic Pistol

  • NRA Basic Shotgun

  • NRA Basic Rifle

  • CA San Diego County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor

  • CA Riverside County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor

  • AZ Department of Public Safety CCW Instructor

  • CA, BSIS, Firearms/P.O.S.T. Instructor TIF 2462

  • CA, DOJ, Firearms Safety Instructor


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John Dillon

Firearms Instructor/Legal Advisor

John Dillon is a Firearms Instructor and the Legal Advisor of curriculum development for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC.  John specializes in firearm regulations. and leads the firearm division of Gatzke Dillon & Ballance, LLP law firm.   John is currently developing his practice on civil and criminal defense litigation matters.  As an NRA instructor and Range Safety Officer, John's mission is to inform gun owners of California's complex firearm laws and regulations.  John is also the legal representation for the San Diego County Gun Owner's Political Action Committee.

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • Basic Shotgun

  • Basic Pistol

  • Basic Rifle


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Shane Regan  

Lead Staff Instructor

Shane is a Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC as well as a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer.  Shane served in the Marine Corps for 13 years as an Ammunition and Explosives Technician, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Response Monitor Survey Team Leader and Ground Safety Officer . Shane has focused development for the Safety, Use, Storage, Transportation and Force Protection in Arms, Ammunition & Explosives.

State Instructor Certifications

  • CA San Diego County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor

  • CA Riverside County Sheriff Department CCW Instructor

  • CA, DOJ, Firearms Safety Instructor

  • AZ Department of Public Safety CCW Instructor

  • UT Department of Public Safety CCW Instructor

Instructor Certifications

  • Rangemaster Firearm Instructor

  • MAG Deadly Force Instructor

  • NRA Personal Protection Inside The Home

  • NRA Basic Pistol

  • NRA Basic Rifle

  • NRA Basic Shotgun

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer


Felix Barrios - Staff Instructor

Felix is a  Firearms Instructor for Defensive Tactics and Firearms, LLC as well as a NRA Range Safety Officer.  Felix has served over 16 years as an Infantry Weapons Technician, Arms Ammunition and Explosives Officer, and as  a Weapons Repair Officer for the United States Marine Corps.  Felix has received additional training in the following areas: Behavioral Threat Assessment: Preventing the Active Shooter (Smith Strategies), Identifying and Countering the Lone Wolf Attacker (Smith Strategies), and Fundamentals of Combat Focus Shooting.

State Instructor Certifications

NRA Instructor Certifications

  • CA, DOJ, Firearms Safety Instructor

  • Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response Trainers Course (LASER TtT)

  • Law Enforcement Instructor (Handgun/Shotgun)

  • Basic Pistol

  • Refuse To Be A Victim Seminar