From a securityinfowatch.com interview with University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary:
To get a concealed weapons permit in the State of Florida, all you have to do is go to any gun show or go to a class that may last 45 minutes and you get a permit. You don’t even have to pull the trigger of a gun, you don’t have to fire a round or demonstrate proficiency and then there is never a recertification. As long as you keep paying, you could actually go blind and still have your concealed weapons permit. It’s a disgrace and the biggest problem is . . .
then when [activist] groups go before our legislature because they want campus carry, they go in and say, ‘Anyone with a concealed weapons permit has been trained.’ They have not been trained, that’s not even familiarization. Forty-five minutes with a gun is not training, but these people come out of these classes and they think they have this skill that they don’t have . . .
One of the battles I have with NRA is they say the police chiefs are just trying to hype this. Take a look around. Look at what happened in Texas last week. A guy got shot and killed because instead of calling police he grabbed his gun and challenged a guy who was armed, who disarmed him and killed him.
The other thing that worries me is because people are so afraid of the hype and now we’re putting a gun in their hand and not training them, I just don’t see where it’s going to have a good outcome. What’s bothersome for me is that our elected officials won’t even talk to us.