Just a comment/rant...
I took my state Concealed Carry permit class (Tennessee), I thought it was quite "lame". The legal aspects and obligations section of the class (Lecture) was ok but when it came to the "practical" part of the class it became sad/funny/frightening. About 75% of the people in the class had not even owned a handgun before and it get's "better" LOL. Most people in the class needed SERIOUS Handgun handling and marksmanship training. I wouldn't trust the 75% of the "beginners" with a BB GUN, much less a loaded handgun! The thought of these handgun "newbies" out there, not having shot more than 100 rounds ever and probably little to none in their carry gun just plain scares me.
As far as marksmanship, our state requires only that you "hit" the paper (read in the black part of the B27 target) not shoot for score! The qualification was 12 rounds at 3 yards, 12 rounds at 7 yards, and 24 rounds at 25 yards. You need a score of 70% or higher to pass. You DON'T have to shoot with the gun you plan to carry, so you can shoot with a .22 target pistol if you prefer! This to me is crazy! Qualify with a .22 and carry a .38, .40, etc., geeze! I'll bet when they get their permits they buy their carry rig and pistol right away and not practice to become proficient with it! If they get in a "shooting" situation, I hope I am not there, they would probably hit me and totally miss the bad guy! I can just see this one lady in my class, she will probably close her eyes and flinch bad when her gun goes off, she had a terrible time with the .22 and barely got 70%!
Hell, I shot as fast as I could with the little Ruger .22 auto into center mass just to get it over with and watch the beginners shoot (which was scary as hell!) 1/2 the time the beginners nearly turned around with a loaded handgun to ask the instructor a question or for help!
IMHO, the Gun safety and marksmanship part should be MORE comprehensive, require you to qualify with your weapon you will begin to carry with, qualify with a realistic score (70% in the "center mass") similar to the required qualification of our peace officers. NO .22's and certainly not the almost "just show up, sit there, shoot sort of ok and get a permit". I was very unimpressed, I expected a better class for the money. Of course in two days, 5 hours of class/range time what can we expect?
A funny side note, one fella commented that he was going to use the "birdshot" rounds for his pistol to just "wound and scare off" the bad guy. The SWAT Officer teaching the class just freaked out and asked the guy if he just wanted to piss the bad guy off so he would really beat the **** out of him before killing him...LOL. This fool persisted about it and the SWAT officer told him he better shoot to stop the threat, not shoot to wound! the guy finally got it and shut up...lol
Are other states this bad?
End of rant, Peace Out!