Most people who keep up with my blog know that I am looking to get my CCW here when things calm down for me a bit (hopefully very soon). Because of this, I have been doing lots of looking around. I had a great course when I was first learning and I’m looking for a great course to lead me into the next steps of my gun-owning life.
Since I know very little about what it takes in order to get your concealed carry permit, I started doing some digging. First things to come up were nearby courses either at the NRA Headquarters or at small ranges with NRA instructors. These courses have been running anywhere from $100-$200. Not too bad, but then scrolling down the Google page I find ‘Online Concealed Carry Course only $19.99’. This caught my eye. Not just because of the price, but because a huge red flag went up when I read that a gun safety course was offered as an online program… What?
My assumption was that I would need at least an 8 hour day sitting in a lecture hall of some sort and another day of range practice. So how in the world could someone do this online? Truth is, you can’t.
Pro-tip: Anywhere that offers you a ‘certificate’ either online or in a class and DOESN’T require that you demonstrate proper knowledge and safety can get you into a lot of trouble. If we want people to be on our side when it comes to gun laws, we need instructors who are serious about their position and students who are willing to put forth proper training. Having bogus instructors who would give a concealed carry permit to just about anyone only opens doors for anti-gun advocates.
If you want to get your concealed carry permit, I applaud you, but let’s be smart here and do things the way they are intended. And remember, you get what you pay for.