Tips on why it’s important to take a permit to carry class

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Why take a permit to carry class?

     Most states require that you take a concealed carry training course in order to receive a concealed carry permit or license. Completing an approved concealed carry training class will enable you to become CCW certified.

Learning proper shooting fundamentals will ensure you hit your target.

     A person who opens fire with a gun they don’t know how to shoot is a danger to all. At the very least you should know how to safely load, fire, and unload a revolver and a pistol. Additionally, most carry classes worth their salt will teach the basic principles of marksmanship such as aiming, alignment, breathing control, trigger control, and follow through.

Learning the basic safety principles involved with firearms will prevent unnecessary accidents and ensure your firearm is ready to use.

     Most concealed carry classes should include basic principles of safely caring for, cleaning, and storage of your firearm. Additionally, the instructor will likely provide you tips and techniques on how to carry your gun safely in a holster or pocket, how to protect your gun for unauthorized access, and ways to protect your body when shooting.

Every concealed carrier must adhere to concealed carry laws.

     Every state has different laws insofar as where you can and can’t carry a gun. It’s your responsibility to know all the details. In one state, it may be against the law to carry a weapon in a posted “no-gun zone.” In another, that sign may have no weight of law at all behind it. In a third, you may be asked to leave if your gun is potted, and if you do not depart, you will be subject to arrest for Trespass After Warning.

You will be trained to defend yourself and your loved ones.

     A basic defensive handgun class affords you the opportunity to actually test your gear and gun as well. You can see how your weapon runs, and how your holster works, and it can give you a new look at what equipment to use, and if it is the right for you.

You need to know how to deal with law enforcement while carrying.

     It’s just a fact that guns make people nervous. A trained law enforcement officer that sees a citizen in possession of a gun becomes extremely nervous. Many good concealed carry instructors can provide instruction on how to handle a traffic stop, dealing with law enforcement in the event you have had to discharge your weapon.

     In my class, I cover all of these. Also, it is good for open and conceal carry as well as a purchase permit.

Brent Husmann

Hopkinton, Iowa


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