As a CCW permit holder in Colorado, I was a little offended on your painting the entire Concealed Permit process as something that ANYONE can get a permit.
You failed to mention that all applicants have to be fingerprinted and go through a very detailed background check through both the CBI and FBI. You also failed to mention that the County Sheriffs have discretionary authority to deny issue, it is not a must issue.
CCW permit holders are among the most law abiding citizens in the state. We have NO criminal history, no restraining orders, no history of violence, drug use, alcohol abuse, or mental instability.
Gunsmoke and Rich Wyatt is just one of hundreds of places in Colorado that a citizen can take a class and most of them do include more involved handling and training in the use of a handgun.
And as a CCW permit holder that did take the Gunsmoke class, I have sought out additional formal training in the use of a handgun, even though I grew up with firearms in the house, my father taught me firearm safety and use, and have legally owned a handgun since I turned 21 and am very proficient with it.
Perhaps you should do a follow up story with another class that includes gun handling and range time showing that those graduates are qualified to carry a concealed handgun and know how to use it, including more detail in the process of obtaining the permit (background check, ect.