Seems I opened up a big ol’ can o’ worms yesterday, with my editorial on The Sad State of Gun Training in America. Good. I like nothing better than provoking some thoughtful debate and and discussion on TTAG. (And what’s so cool about TTAG is that’s exactly what you get – not a bunch of flaming, but well-reasoned arguments. Thanks, guys!) The afore-mentioned can o’ worms got me to thinking: just what would the ideal CHL training look like? Get your can openers ready – it’s time to go a-worm huntin’. First of all, let’s cover the obvious stuff:
- Prove that you can load and shoot your gun, with a minimum standard of shots on target
- Understand legal restrictions on conceal carry, specifically where you can – and cannot – carry
- Understand concealment – what is and what is not “concealed”
- Understand disclosure when stopped by the police
- Understand the application/approval/renewal process
- Understand why, how, and when your permit can be revoked.
Here’s a list of what I’d like to see covered:
- Experience shooting at multiple targets – not necessarily to qualify, but to have the experience of shooting, so you’ll understand you need more training
- Experience shooting at moving targets (same rationale as above)
- Experience low-light shooting (ditto)
- Talk about holsters and other methods of conceal carry
- Talk about accessories – tactical flashlights, et cetera
- Talk about home defense – shotguns, rifles, carbines
- Talk about conceal carry and automobiles – where to carry, practical limitations, side-effects (hearing), concealment, and risks of theft
- Talk about skills development/maintenance – how much is enough range time?
- Talk about alternate weapons for training – dummy weapons/rounds, AirSoft guns
- Anecdotes, horror stories, real-life experiences – what happens (good AND bad) when you use your concealed handgun
- Legal issues – what can and does happen when you conceal carry
Okay. That’s my list. What’s yours? Here’s my plan: I want to work on this, and develop a list of recommendations for the ideal conceal handgun permit course. Then we can see if the NRA or one of the other national gun-rights organizations will get behind our list and take the arguments to Congress and each state legislature, as a template for any new legislation that they consider on the issue.
So get your pens out, sharpen your tongues, and let me know what you think. I’m all ears.