Considering Taking A Concealed Carry Classes: What To Know
Written by: Nick Dalhberg
Training Requirements and Different Types of Courses.
Both instructors and responsibly armed citizens that carry concealed espouse the importance of training. Even those who are new to this world of guns, shooting, and considering taking a concealed carry class realize that education and training are an important part of being a responsible gun owner. Pretty much everyone, inexperienced and experienced, would agree that training is a necessity. That being said, where peoples opinion lie in regards to advocating training vs requiring training may be slightly different and a little more complex.
Advocating vs. Requiring
Within the context of acquiring a concealed carry permit or license, how much training should be required? Its with this question that we may start to see a division between the more experienced individuals; skilled shooters, people involved in the industry, Instructors, etc. and the more inexperienced. Whereas everyone would advocate getting training, Id like to think that many who are more actively involved in the industry understand that its a good thing if that training has strict requirements(or requirements at all). Many people who fall into that category of being more inexperienced may imply that requiring training is a good thing and not understand somebody(especially an instructor) who argues against strict training requirements.
Why advocate training, but be against training requirements?
The answer is pretty straight forward……It sets what many would consider a dangerous precedent. If the government is allowed to force arbitrary standards on us it opens the door for them to make those standards more and more difficult to achieve. This would be considered a back door gun control strategy. Don’t like people carrying guns? Make the standards more strict, 500rd minimum qualifications, 16 hour mandatory courses, etc. And whats to stop them from enforcing requirements for not only carrying concealed, but maybe even just owning a gun? Mandatory courses that have to accompany the background check when you purchase a firearm…. Just for the sake of clarity, again, everyone is in agreement that training is a good thing! But if there are strict requirements for a permit to carry or even for owning a gun, there will be drastically fewer people who will have access to effective self defense. When your forced to take a 2 day course chances are the price is going to be pretty high. Having to shoot a high round count to qualify also increases the cost. All these added costs and time could greatly reduce the number of people that have access to a concealed carry permit/license and those that cannot afford it may be they very people that need it the most.
Right now, there are a wide range of training requirements throughout the states. Everything from mandatory 16 hour classes and live fire shooting to simply passing the background check to buy the gun. The more accessible and affordable we can make this training the more people will have access to obtaining their permit to carry. Options like online concealed carry classes will suffice in some states and allow those with limited budgets to acquire a permit. Some of the ones out there do an excellent job of testing the students retention of the material with detailed testing throughout the course, something that is often not done with in-person training.
What about having all these untrained people walking around with guns?! People will be getting shot in the street daily!
Not so much….As I said there are a wide range of training requirements throughout the country and while there are incidents with firearms that some may argue could have been avoided with more training or education they are few in comparison to the amount of people who legally carry guns. To argue with every passing incident of negligence that standards need to be strict would be like arguing that standards for getting a drivers license need to be increased every time theres a car accident, eventually only those allowed to drive are individuals that race Formula One. In the same way, continually increasing the standards for a concealed carry permit could result in only the most skilled of shooters being able to meet the standards. And as I mentioned, I believe the standards are arbitrary in the sense that making sure someone is able to complete a certain course of fire(so many rounds, from such a distance, in so much time, etc.) is not an indicator that they are prepared to use that gun to defend themselves. Instead the mentality of treating training as though it’s a continuous part of your lifestyle will be more important that hitting a certain standard once every few years.