Javondlynn M. Dunagan is the founder and CEO of JMD Defense, LLC located in Chicago, IL. She retired as a US Probation Officer in January 2016 after a distinguished 25 year career. As a safety educator, Javondlynn is passionate about training professionals, businesses and non profit organizations in workplace safety and emergency operations procedures. Javondlynn is also a Certified Firearm’s Instructor, Range Safety Officer and a Distinguished Expert Shooter with the NRA Marksmanship Program.
The mission of JMD Defense, LLC is to empower our clientele to take responsibility for developing an ongoing proactive safety plan. Our goal is to be recognized as a stellar defense business that provides exemplary customer service with a spirit of excellence and integrity.
Javondlynn Dunagan is guided by her commitment to offering services to customers and clients with an uncompromising level of integrity. She is considered a trailblazer in the firearm community and safety industry. She has received several awards for empowering women in the area of safety education and responsible firearm ownership. Her work has also been highlighted in radio and print media interviews.
Javondlynn has been featured on NBC News With Carol Marin, Newsy, The Jim Jeffries Show, NRA TV and in Black Enterprise Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Daily Mail, and conducted several radio interviews. She is a leading authority on safety education strategies.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from Hampton University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
JMD Defense, LLC is a certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise(MBE) and a Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in the City of Chicago. Javondlynn is also a 2022 Goldman Sachs 10KSB alumni member.
I’m totally grateful for Ms Dunagan coming into my early child development program to provide my staff with insightful and critical information on how to safeguard our children and families while in our care
Ms Dunagan executed a three pronged approach to ensure our staff children and parents were safe. This approach included 1) educational training sessions geared for staff and parents that focused on how to ensure your environment is safe 2) conducted a thorough facility safety assessment to uncover and identify possible hazards and 3) recommendations to address identified hazards as well as provided strategies and tailored plan of action that ensured the ongoing safety of staff, parents and children.
Ms Dunagan’s vast knowledge on safety coupled with her expertise and passion for protecting others is to be applauded and highly commended. Our staff, parents and children are grateful for being able to rest assure that their child development program is SAFE.
Trinity UCC CHILD CARE
Javondlynn Dunagan is patient, knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about educating others on firearm ownership and safety. My journey with JMD Defense started a few years ago. I wanted to overcome my fear of using and owning a firearm. After hearing Javondlynn being interviewed on a local radio talk program, I received information about her from a friend who attended a community expo. I am so pleased that I decided to take my conceal carry class with JMD Defense. From there, I joined the Ladies of Steel Gun Club and started going to the range. It has taken me sometime to feel comfortable using a firearm. All this time, Javondlynn has provided much needed encouragement and has been very supportive of my slow methodical efforts. It has taken me a while to get to the point where I wanted to own a firearm. The Ladies of Steel monthly reservations at the gun range has helped me to try out different firearms and become more comfortable being around firearms and using a firearm. I am so proud of myself because today I purchased my own firearm and Javondlynn was right there to help me through the process. If you are searching for a person and an organization that is serious about firearm education, I highly recommend Javondlynn Dunagan, JMD Defense.
Thank you JMD Defense LLC for providing guidance and professional insight while helping us evaluate and better manage risk and regulatory compliance. Lynn's experience and skillset was extremely beneficial to our team in assisting us with the development of our new corporate safety strategies and operational security protocols. Despite our short timeline, JMD Defense LLC was able to provide high quality content and keen advisory services. The Onsite Live Fingerprinting Service was an added bonus; saving us time and money. Thank you! We look forward to working with JMD Defense LLC as we continue to grow our team! - Seretha McField-Gibbs, President, McField & Associates Inc
JMD Defense excels in professionalism, thoroughness, ethics and discretion which is needed when acquiring a license as sensitive as Concealed Carry. The owner and staff are knowledgeable and always ready, willing and able to answer questions. They made my journey as a firearm owner seamless. I recommend JMD Defense's services to everyone I know. - Kimberly Offord, Managing Broker/District Director Fathom Realty Chicago
NRA Certified Firearm Instructors
NRA Marksman - Distinguished Expert Shooters
Federal Firearm Instructor
Defensive Tactics Instructor
Range Safety Officers
Self Defense Instructor
Competitive Firearm Shooter
We offer a wholistic approach to personal safety and security with focus on self-empowerment through personalized training and education.
We provide training and education services for safe, responsible firearm ownership and strategies for personal security and self-defense.
Everything we do is guided by our commitment to deliver services with the highest level of integrity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I had never held or shot a gun and the class made me feel at ease and comfortable.-T.D.
I came in with a fear because I had never handled a gun but with the instructors, education and safety instructions received, I am confident that I can handle a firearm. - Anonymous
The 2nd day course at JMD was very elite. The instructors not only provide a wealth of knowledge. They also help you feel at ease about handling a gun while providing a kind and reassuring touch that you can succeed at using any gun. - Anonymous
Course was very informative. The knowledge of our instructor was over and beyond what I expected. The patience during my shooting experience was very much appreciated. The instructor's ability to maintain his calm kept me calm. -A.T.
"The course was worth the extra money. It was almost like having one on one instruction". - V.T.
"The format of the course worked very well. Intimate class sizes allowed for questions and hands on exercises, which greatly enhanced the learning experience." - C.C.
"My expectations were exceeded in every way. The instructor explained every detail, and why it was necessary to follow certain steps, stand a certain way, and build your comfort level." - Anonymous
"Exceptional customer service, nice & friendly, clean environment, fun and informational. I highly recommend this course." - P.B.
"Every minute of the class was beneficial. I learned how to defend myself and also how to carry myself when I am on campus." - Anonymous
African American or Latino families
Must attend a one hour gun safety class
Must have a child(ren) in the home
Must be a gun owner or planning to purchase a firearm in the next three months
Free gun lock and gun safe (one combo per househol