If the "facts" aren't readily available, and I am sure they are not. Everyone is simply guessing on both sides.
BTW: Thank you sir for your common sense answer which supports the opinion that mandatory training should not be law unless it can be based on facts, not to make money for the state and not money for the instructors(not talking about you)
Laws are made by legislatures which are elected by the people. There is nothing that says they have to make sense. If the people don't like them, they can elect new folks to change them.
Been that way for 200+ years in this country and every state.
So I ask you....do you 1-support mandatory training and 2-can you prove at all that it makes any difference when compared to states where it is not required?
There were 2 guys in my CWP class that I did not feel comfortable being on the same range with! They were border line dangerous, the came together and had purchased their Glocks the week before the class and had fired them once before.
MANY people do not grow up around guns as most of us did. I think its great these people want to carry but without training... I just hope they don't do it around me!
I vote yes for required training.
I support following the laws of each state which the legislatures have enacted. Do you support ignoring the laws which you don't agree with?
If there is compelling evidence that training does no good, why hasn't it been gathered and put forth to overturn "bad" laws?
I will say, that based on the constant questions from those who already have permits from various states, even states that require training, the knowledge of many of the laws in their own state is very lacking in many cases.
It is an enigma to me how we put so much value on education for everything in this country, yet balk at the idea of mandatory education before carrying a firearm among the public.
Additionally frustrating is the idea that somehow having a standard for this upsurps ones Constitutional right to the exercise thereof. Since having a CCW permit is already established, a more stringent and informative CCW class could be instituted and funded from the sale of confiscated property from drug busts or even drug money.
Thinking outside the box is a little difficult, I know, but it would benefit all gun owners in the long haul. Because sooner or later, if we don't , the Goverment will, and we won't have a say.
Nobody likes things to be mandatory. There are lots of reasons for people handling a deadly firearm around others to be trained. But one of the reasons for a state having mandatory training requirements is that a concealed weapons permit issued by that state is more likely to be recognized by other states which require training. It is a real pain to travel through states which do not grant reciprocity to your state for carry permits. Sorry if this is a slight shift in the thread.