This is a discussion on Mandatory CCW training? within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by OldVet I think firearms training should be a required high school class for everyone ! A full semester should do it. Absolutely. ...
California required a 1 day class, half on the range, half in the classroom, in my jurisdiction until recently. Moonbeam just doubled that, with no guidelines on how it might be implemented with already stretched departments, and costs approaching $700 to get a permit for only two years. The class also applies to renewals, making renewals effectively almost the same as original applications.
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No classes for Constitutional Carry, but that doesn't give the owner a right to carry outside the state except in other Constitutional Carry states that allow non-residents to carry also. For the CCW permit one needs to take the class, including range time and pass a proficiency test. "A live fire test administered to the applicant while the instructor is present of 20 rounds from either handgun from a standing position or its equivalent at a distance from a B-27 silhouette target, or an equivalent target, of seven yards." We had to put a minimum of like 15 or 17 of the 20 rounds in the silhouette. 20 practice, then 20 qualifying. I fired rather quickly, and put the first 20 rounds on target. "You passed. You can go ahead and do some practice if you want." Well of course! I did my 20 practice after I did my 20 qualifying rounds. Now I can carry pretty much everywhere but the communist nations of NY, NJ. CA, IL, and a few others I don't really care about.
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".....the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". Doesn't say the right of the people who complete a training class.
The danger posed by required training programs is that political bosses will amend such requirements endlessly. 8-hours class on firearms safety becomes a week, or a month, and only certain institutions may administer said classes, and the cost of said classes may be raised until exercising one's right becomes impossible for many. Demonstrated ability may start out as a range exercise demonstrating safe gun handling and putting 7 out of 10 shots on a 18" target at 25 feet, then become a 2-week program requiring 100% accuracy at 50 yards with any handgun the instructor chooses to put in front of you. Approved classes may be regulated so that the majority of a state's residents live 200 miles away from the facility.
We have enough trouble currently with the mandatory background checks for firearm purchase. If the computer reports that a name and date of birth are similar to a fugitive or convicted felon the transaction is denied, then it is up to the individual to appeal, gather and present all the evidence proving he/she is not the person falsely linked by the computer. Over 90% of all transaction denials are in error, and few are willing to spend the time and money to successfully appeal the denial (which is just what the gun-banners want).
Living in Finland the OP has probably not seen the lengths that the ban-all-guns crowd will go to in pursuit of their utopian dream. In the 1990's our Veterans Administration was ordered to report all veterans who had sought mental health care, and that information was used to deny firearms rights to those veterans. Washington, DC and the City of Chicago were both ordered by our highest courts to revise their permitting programs to return basic rights to keep and bear arms, and both responded with expensive and cumbersome requirements that few citizens were capable of satisfying. We still regularly see new plans to force disclosure of medical history (a clear violation of privacy, as protected by federal law) in order to acquire a firearm. There are a couple of schemes right now that would tax ammunition sales as much as $50 per round of ammunition (A $2 box of .22 cartridges would become a $2502 box of .22 cartridges). The current push toward "red flag" laws would allow anyone (family member, former spouse, ex-girlfriend, neighbor, medical professional, employer, disgruntled former employee, etc) to make a report resulting in a court order to seize a person's firearms without notice or opportunity to contest the action before it is done, and placing the burden of proof on the affected individual in order to overturn the order and reclaim his property.
There seems to be no limit that the gun-banners will not exceed in their efforts to make the exercise of 2nd Amendment rights as difficult, cumbersome, and expensive as possible so the majority of the people will simply forfeit those rights. Over the past 50 years we have learned that the gun-banners will always keep pushing for more, and every compromise leads to another effort toward abolition of our rights.
A right may be exercised by any law-abiding citizen at will. When permission is required there is no longer a right, only a privilege to be granted or withheld at the discretion of government officials.
Mandatory training and demonstrated skills sound like good common-sense approaches. However, in actual practice, these are nothing more than barriers to overcome by those wishing to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed rights, and the stated requirements will always become more and more impossible to comply with.
I submitted my military ID as my training for my permit. I dont think training or a permit should be required. "training" is a method of infringing on peoples rights in some states, and permits serve no purpose other than generating revenue.
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If I had my say, I would mandate that every child attending any school in America would be extensively taught that America is not a democracy, but a republic (Along with John Wayne, I love the sound of that word) as spelled out by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. That makes a HUGE difference in whether or not we have "political bosses", "government officials", or simply "representatives of the citizens of the United States."
Those children would also be taught that elected representatives are not bosses or officials, they are servants of We The People. Furthermore, that the Constitution and BOR is the only thing that separates America from tyranny. When politicians get the idea that they are not servants, we come to the place we're in today: Politicians exist almost solely to maintain their hold on the power to profit from being in a position to accept whatever bribes, (I refuse to call them "campaign contributions") flow into their bottomless pockets.
I apologize for my skepticism about the current crop of worthless politicians throughout our great country. I'm getting to be a bit optimistic about what is happening in France. Maybe, just maybe, someday we will begin to act like we the people govern this country and wrest control from the leeches. Although I freely admit that we, as a people, must grow a backbone before that happens.
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I do support a reasonable amount of training before someone can legally obtain a license to carry. Not a big thing. I had to take a class and pass a test to get my driver's license. A LTC is just as necessary for everyone's safety. Some people don't even know which end of the gun the bullets come out of. I don't want them around me carrying a loaded firearm. I think we have all been uncomfortable around someone who was not well versed in firearm safety. Let's not foster this by allowing them to CC without a little bit of training.
Just a tiny hint: The former is spelled out in the Constitution as something being granted to you by your Creator that must be respected and protected by your government. The latter is something a government, in their munificence, allows you to have. Perhaps, as an easier to understand example, I have the RIGHT to speak freely. I do not have the PRIVILEGE to practice medicine - without taking a test.
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