Like a lot of states, South Carolina has a training requirement to get a concealed weapon permit. And yes, sitting through eight hours of “training” to exercise a constitutional right isn’t right, but there it is. Richard Lee Wykel obviously didn’t want to spend all those hours in that stuffy little room, so he didn’t. Instead, the CWP instructor was processing applicants’ paperwork, giving them the answers to the state-mandated test and blowing them out the door in under an hour. Until an undercover South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officer took the class, that is . . .
Richard Lee Wykel, 51 was charged with Perjury and Subornation of Perjury. SLED says Lee’s training classes did not meet the requirements in the CWP statute.
They said an undercover SLED agent took one of Wykel’s classes and was given the answers to the test. They agent says the class lasted less than one hour. The Statute requires 8 hours. The agent also says they were not required to do handgun qualification either.
No range time, no legal theory…none of the state mandated curriculum. And Gary Miller, another certified CWP instructor, doesn’t like it. Not one little bit.
“When they come in and don’t take an 8 hour course there is no way they can cover what constitutes the use of deadly force in the state of South Carolina.”
Except when they can. Hate to bust up your business Gary but any gun owner can spend a little internet time and do the research on their own. Many do and learn far more than the eight hour class will ever cover.
But the class is the law. Wykel fought the law and, just like in the song, the law won. Now, as newsradioworld.com tells it, the law’s next target may be Wykel’s complicit students.
SLED said that any of Wykel’s students that received their CWPs and did not complete the eight-hour training class are subject to perjury charges as well for falsification of the application process.