Editorial: Casey's right; gun law's too lax
We have to agree with the columnist. He shouldn't qualify for a permit.
Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey thought he'd see just how hard it is to qualify for a concealed carry handgun permit.
He took an online class that -- thanks to a change in the law pushed by Republican candidate for attorney general Ken Cuccinelli and enacted over Gov. Tim Kaine's veto -- is all that's required to meet the education and training requirement for a concealed weapon permit.
It took Casey less than an hour and a half and $40 to view the streaming video course and take a short, multiple choice test. He answered 15 of 20 questions correctly, which was good enough for a passing grade.
With the resulting certification, Casey, who's never picked up a handgun in his life, much less proven any competency or proficiency with a firearm, could get a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
As Casey himself wrote, "It is completely nuts that Virginia law would deem me competent enough with a handgun to get a concealed carry permit."
We could not agree more (no offense to Casey, of course). Someone who wants to roam about in public with a hidden weapon should have to prove some level of competency in handling a firearm safely.
An online course with no hands-on lesson or assessment is wholly insufficient to determine whether someone is competent enough to earn a concealed carry permit.
Someone should sponsor legislation to repeal this change.