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What Does a Concealed Carry Course Look Like?

Posted on July 03 2020

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In order to obtain a concealed carry license, most states require you to pass a concealed carry course. These courses cover the legalities of carrying concealed in your state, as well as basic firearm safety and live fire practice. There is usually a written test you need to pass, and you need to attend a certain number of classroom hours, which varies by state as well.

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Legalities First

Your concealed carry course will probably start with a broad introduction to the concealed carry laws in your state. This includes reciprocity laws, which is the list of states that will recognize your concealed carry permit as well. Most states will have requirements in place for you to obtain a concealed carry permit. Common requirements can include:

  • Show competency with a handgun (which is this course). Usually exemptions are in place for military veterans and law enforcement personnel
  • Are a legal resident of the state
  • Are not a felon
  • Usually are at least 21 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • And more

Laws will also be covered for places you can and cannot carry concealed as every business has the right to ask you not to carry on their property. Other restrictions can include schools, municipal buildings, and more.

Self-defense laws should also be covered. Most states have in place laws where if you use legal force when your life is threatened, then you are exempt from prosecution. When an intruder enters your home is a classic example of where you will most likely be protected.

Introduction to Firearms

Your concealed carry course will undoubtedly cover how revolvers and handguns operate, as well as how to handle your firearm. You will cover firearm and ammunition mechanics, the proper loading and unloading of your firearm, how to store your firearm, and how to handle misfires. In addition, you can expect concealed carry holsters and different carrying methods to be reviewed as well. This is important as you will receive good, first-hand advice on how to carry, which can be a dilemma to many, especially women.

Firearm Safety

If you talk to anyone who has a lot of shooting experience, they will tell you that you can never have enough firearm safety training. Shooting accidents happen to everyone, both experienced and non-experienced, and they usually happen at the one moment you let your guard down. Hence, firearm safety training is an important part of your concealed carry course and one you should not take lightly.

Topics will normally include the particulars and differences of revolvers and handguns, the safety on handguns, and the proper handling of your firearm, especially when loaded such as when you are carrying concealed.

Written Test

Most states will require you pass a written test before you earn your certificate of completion. Most of these are either pass/fail tests or open book tests. But if you attend class, the test should be just a formality. You will most likely be required to attend so many hours of training. Usually these are all day affairs, requiring eight hours of training, so plan to set aside one weekend. Sometimes, you'll do all your coursework in one day and then show up the next day just for firing practice. Some CCW courses will have handouts; others will not.

Range Firing

Almost all CCW training courses have a live range firing component included. This is the part of the course that most people look forward to. After all, shooting is fun, and this is a chance to practice, which is crucial when carrying concealed. Some states require a live fire test, which usually requires you to load, shoot, and unload your firearm. Some states stipulate the distance and the number of rounds to be fired as well.

Pass the Class!

Once all elements are met and you've completed the time commitment requirement, you will be issued a certificate saying you completed the course. Then, it's simply a matter of applying with your county. These days, the application is most likely on-line, but you will need to apply in person to be fingerprinted and have your photo taken. There is usually a fee as well.


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