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The Big, Overlooked Problem With ‘Constitutional Carry’

The Big, Overlooked Problem With ‘Constitutional Carry’

You have made the decision to obtain your concealed carry license, but is that enough? In all likelihood, no. Don’t get me wrong; I believe in your right to protect yourself and your family. The problem as I see it, though, begins in the requirements to obtain the license to carry in the first place. In other words, I believe in solid training before you carry on your person. If that means mandated training to obtain your concealed carry license, then so be it.

Twelve states now have constitutional carry, meaning no training is required. Others require a simple application that includes a background check and payment. Some require classroom training only, and then there are those who require both classroom and live fire, such as New Mexico and Texas.

In a nutshell, my belief is carry in your home, your property, your business, your car is all fine. But carrying a handgun on your person in the public every day is a responsibility that should be undertaken with solid training. That’s not to say that training can’t help for home, car and property carry; it does.

Little to no training does not fit the bill for the level of safety and judgment required to effectively carry — and therefore plan to use a gun, if necessary — in public. Outside of your private property, it’s not just your life and your family, but perhaps an innocent person’s life (not to mention your life savings) that could be placed at risk when a gun is mishandled.

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Sorry to say that in my experience, even those who have handled firearms their whole life are still a long way from being ready to carry a handgun daily. You are taking on a greater responsibility when you make the decision to carry into the public realm every day.

The following are several ways to address the training concern.

1. Take a credible concealed carry course.

Too often, concealed carry courses are offered with only two to four hours of training and no live fire required. Such a course is absurd, in my opinion. You can’t begin to get a handle on such key issues as gun safety, state laws, conflict avoidance, use of deadly force parameters, and basic defensive shooting in such short timeframes. Any course that is offered with such minimal time requirements and no shooting should be suspect and avoided. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”

2. Take your training to the next level.

John Farnam, a well-known nationwide firearms trainer, recently said, “Only serious students need apply.” I couldn’t agree more when it comes to serious gun training. Too often, I see students who want to do the bare minimum. Move past this mentality. In today’s world of active shooters, terrorist acts and other real threats, you should be continually proactive in your commitment to training. Beyond concealed carry, look at training such as defensive pistol (to include dim light shooting), force decisions (simulated confrontations) and emergency medical, to mention a few.   

3. Find a credible instructor.

In the last couple of years there has been an explosion of firearms and self-defense instructors. Many have seemingly popped up overnight. Do your homework. Ask for proof of state licensing and accreditation. Does the instructor have a well-established background of instruction in firearms and tactics? While I believe current or past law enforcement and military trainers are some of the best, I don’t believe they hold exclusive rights to imparting solid gun training. In fact, I believe that an instructor that came up through the civilian ranks, so to speak, can provide some of the best connectivity to defensive firearms training for the everyday citizen. However, they still need to show a solid background of instructor credentials and a record of ongoing training themselves, in my estimation.    

4. Challenge yourself.

Once you have established a good foundation of firearms training, keep challenging yourself, both physically and mentally, in your training regimen. Remember: Shooting is a perishable skill. You can’t go to the range only once every year or two and expect to keep your skills honed. Even dry fire practice, along with malfunction clearance and reload drills in a safe environment, can do wonders for keeping skills sharp. The reality is that it’s not hard to hit a bullseye target at three to 10 yards when you’re under no stress. It’s the dynamic of an immediate threat, multiple attackers, dim-light conditions and a pistol malfunction all at once that you should consider training for. In other words, train for worse-case situations.

Carrying a firearm every day for protection of yourself and others is taking your role as a good citizen seriously. Along with that goes the responsibility to be well-trained and educated in the realm of defensive living.

Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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  1. I believe in the 2nd Amendment staunchly. However, I do not believe that a person should have the right to simply purchase a firearm and then start carrying without proper training. Be serious. Someone who has no training may easily have the misunderstanding that they should get the largest handgun they possibly could. In some hands, that wouldn’t be a problem. But others, they simply cannot grasp the weapon and control it. Further, with no training, someone would not know the difference between a Weaver grip and stance and the isosceles triangle or the single handed grip. There would be no understanding of the decision path required before the trigger is squeezed. Without the training, the shooter probably will be in for a major surprise with the recoil of the weapon and lose control. Spray and pray is not the preferred method.
    While I do not like the idea of the government “telling me” what I can and can’t do, there still must be common sense. Anyone who applies for a CCW should have passed a class with at least some range time under a credible instructor.

    • Dont delude yourself Oren. Yo dob;t believe in the 2d as written. You believe in the right of the government to restrict your possession of a firearm, you just don’t agree with Hilary on how much. . I agree anyone who carries should take consistent COMBAT training designed for street scenarios but any restriction requiring said training renders the 2d null and void.

  2. “mandated training to obtain your concealed carry license”

    You support infringement of 2A

    You just lost a subscriber

    • Michael Hesterberg

      Pat, I don’t understand why you would oppose mandatory training. While I HAVE BEFORE handled firearms under supervision of my seasoned hunter grandfather, I have not owned a weapon of my own.
      Tell me Pat, should I simply go to my local pawn shop, lay down several hundred dollars, and just walk out carrying a high performance Glock 19 for example?? A CCW handgun is not what I’ve used before–and my experience was 50 years ago! Would you feel safe around me, in public, never having actually fired my gun? Not really prepared?

      There is nothing in my background to prevent me from having a small CCW style weapon! Wouldn’t you think that some requirement for at least a session in an active firing range is called for?

      • Well, I agree with Pat, but ……. IF SOMEONE MAKES A HUGE MISTAKE WITH THEIR FIREARM – THEY MUST BE READY TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT HAVING TRAINING. Yes, I realize that an innocent person may get killed in the process, and that, of course would be beyond tragic, but isn’t it time that people GROW UP and take responsibility for their own actions? People should have enough sense to get trained before they try to “stop a robber,” so to speak, but they should still be able to carry, I think, even without a permission slip from the government (license) just so that they can defend themselves if they need arises. If they want to “stop a robber” and they screw up, they should have thought about that before trying to stop him. That’s just my take. People need to grow up and assume true responsibility for their own actions.

  3. While I highly recommend quality training in the use of a firearm, the founding documents of this country state that “Congress shall make NO Law restricting the Right to keep and bear arms.” As you are responsible for what you do with that Right, I recommend training, but not laws mandating training.

    • EXACTLY!!!! AMEN TO THAT!!!!!

    • Steve, if you’re going to quote the constitution, you might want to read it first … The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

      • With all due respect, the current meaning of “well regulated” is not the meaning the framers used. It relates to something being in a correct or proper working order. An example from the Oxford Dictionary of the time being “The equation of time … is the adjustment of the difference of time as shown by a well-regulated clock and a true sun dial.”

      • A well regulated militia has to do with a militia, not infringements on arms. A militia member needs to be trained in Rules of Engagement, Chain of Command, field tactics, first aid, camp protocol, communications, good health practices, map reading and so on. Do not confuse the two distinct parts of the Second Amendment.

        • The people ARE the militia. You don’t have to be a friggin militia member to keep and bear a firearm. Any able bodied person. Any. It’s been settled already but amusing to watch you legal purists constantly try to redefine the meaning of a very clearly written right that is not given to us by any government or legal body. If you want to form your own militia and train G.I. Joe every week go for it. It still has little to do with anyone else exercising their right to self defense. Well regulated in this sense means working and in good condition. Like has been settled and revisited for decades now but still requiring a journey to the same conclusion for some odd reason.

      • Thomas, if you’re going to quote the 2d you might want to improve your verbal comprehension. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”is the reason for the 2d. It simply states the reason the founders thought the 2d was necessary. It in no way obviates the right to bear arms or restricts it to those who have taken a government approved course. Where do you stop? A 1 week CQB course, a 2 week course, a 6 month course, course and a law degree?

  4. If such training is refused then the laws could be used and enforced with greater penalties should an action is proven negligent and harm caused. people act with reactive motions when threatened. Even a well trained person can make mistakes when a life is threatened. the goals are to reduce the possibilities of error and provide a more secure environment. We must add controls that restrict the use of this information for prosecution. If chosen may be used to defend showing the extent of efforts made to be proficient with a guns use. Laws could be used to demonstrate a persons choices and negligence in refusing training. while government couldn’t refuse any licenses the event they carry a gun and its use would result in a much stiffer sentence if convicted of misuse or inflicting damage to a citizen. We have many proficient trainers. Where are the people who can provide a way that simulates ways they may defend without using actual ammo to start. When your abilities improve and proficiency improves so it provides additional protection for yourself and family It would provide a way that would be much less expensive so people would gain and others would be safer as well. We have so many who want “common sense” rules would find many more willing to train and provide America with a safer environment. Until we have skilled people we will always have accidents and events that cause concern for the innocent that must depend. I know we have many citizens with ideas better than mine I would like to see some. We have freedoms of speech how about using it.

    • So simply because I produce a piece of paper and spent more time at the range practicing for a life-changing event but I still panicked in the real or perceived situation and killed a person in an unjustified shooting, I should somehow be less of a murderer because I was more “well trained”?

      I agree that you should be confident in your gun handling knowledge and skills but that should not infringe on my right to carry. I don’t care how well trained you are, you and any other person can make a bad decision at any given time. Training should have no bearing on whether or not I am legally a murderer or if I am legally justified. I can accidentally kill someone just as easily with a vehicle even though I have been through a sanctioned/stamped/verified/vetted/etc defensive driving class yet I made a bad decision and killed an entire family.

      Personal knowledge of gun usage and self defense laws is a personal responsibility that should not be taken lightly and a person damn well better know how to handle a weapon of any kind if the intent is to brandish that weapon at any time. But it is that persons right to do so even if they don’t know the law or have the ability to use said weapon to defend themselves. This does not change the outcome when the smoke clears. In my opinion, people who don’t understand the weapon of choice or the laws surrounding that weapon are more likely to not use them when needed due to that inner fear.

  5. One of the best, most thoughtful and succinct articles I have ever read on the topuc; well done!

  6. I agree. It follows, in my view, that the right to own/carry a firearm is followed … no, that’s not the right word … it has a mandatory accompaniment. And that is responsibility, which is something I’ve yet to see in any discussion of 2nd Amendment rights. Yes, you have the right. But by acting on that right (buying/carrying), you have a responsibility to ensure that you know how to shoot, can shoot accurately, know when/if to draw and fire, etc.

    I don’t like the government requirements but until and unless every gun owner accepts and acts on their responsibility and gets proper training, I see that as the only option. Education is better and if we, as Americans would take true responsibility for our actions and their consequences that are born of our rights, we’d need less government. But let’s face it, we all, on some level and many of us to a great degree, fail to manage our responsibilities so government oversight is required.

    Besides, we have to get government approved licenses & training for driving a car, flying an airplane, etc., etc. Carelessness in these activities whether inadvertent or intentional are potentially just as deadly a guns. Pilots are required to get medical clearance and do recurring training (as are electricians, etc.). Why not gun owners? If you truly believe in the right to own/carry then you should also firmly believe in the responsibilities tied to it. Otherwise your just an idiot who straps on a gun because you’re lacking other things…

    • @ Rich, you’re wrong.

      It has taken the domestic and foreign enemies of our nation since the 30’s (130’s) to dumb down the American people, to make them into sheep, to convince them that they can do little or nothing, and the specializing in something instead of being well-rounded and capable is desirable. I have seen this in MY lifetime, and fought it all the way.

      Are you trained as the Congress requires the military to be trained? If so, was it only because you served in unlawful wars for corporations and banking? Why did you follow those unlawful orders – if you did? Was it because you do NOT know our legitimate government, the US Constitution and your own state Constitution?

      As an American YOU have the responsibility to KNOW those two documents; all of us do. Step up and take responsibility for YOUR nation or go, as you are part of the problem instead of the solution. their are many nations with rulers, one ruled by the people – but that also takes the courage and responsibility to learn the things one must, etc.

      And I am not sorry for all you that I have ticked off. I have watched as the people get more dumbed down, and have no idea of what being an American is. Watch this just to get a better idea of what has been going on.

      BTW, if you decide to step up and actually take responsibility for our nation, understand that you are not alone.

      Useful Idiots …

    • I agree with you that training is a responsibility of all firearms owners, and I think licensing is a good thing in today’s world since things are different compared to the time of our forefathers. That said, the reason so many are against any and all form of licensing is due to the fact that firearm ownership is protected by the 2nd Amendment. Nowhere in the Constitution are we guaranteed the right to drive a vehicle, fly a plane, etc. Ultimately, those are privileges and distinctions must be made under current law.

  7. I disagree. There are many things that require formal education and licensure but that allow for laymen to practice, for example:
    commercial driver – legally I can haul my cattle on public roads
    veterinary medicine – legally I can treat my horses and cows
    medicine – legally I can purchase SOME medications to treat myself
    pharmacy – legally I can make and use tinctures and herbal extracts
    psychology – legally I can talk to my wife and pastor
    nursing – legally I can care for myself and my child
    law – legally I can defend myself in court
    dentistry – legally I can brush my teeth
    teaching – legally I can home school my child
    accounting – legally I can do my taxes
    architecture – legally I can design my boat, barn, outhouse or computer
    engineering – legally I can build a boat, barn, outhouse or computer
    Firearm laws begin with the 2nd Amendment – Not with the 2nd Amendment plus training and licensure
    I cringe at the idea of a drunk with a gun but I think it worse to have a well-meaning person make broad sweeping laws concerning possible harm. Living in fear is not living in freedom.

  8. The author is absolutely correct in his belief that training is vitally important in proper use and carry of a firearm in public. Further, we each have a responsibility regarding public safety, and should each advocate for the education and training of the citizenry.

    That said, requiring mandatory anything rapidly crosses the line from liberty to tyranny. There must absolutely be consequences for (even unintentionally) bad or harmful behavior, but enforced behavior is how we get abuse, neglect, waste, and cronyism. Look around, have you not learned that lesson yet?

    “And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.” – Frederic Bastiat

    I’m not (and I’m sure neither was Bastiat) saying “reject all systems” per se, I am saying stop trying to impose your view of behavior or morality on others. Again, there should be consequences for bad behavior (which harms others), as that is the one good role of government, but what counts as “good” behavior is likely to change with the times, and the government has no role in mandating any such thing:

    “Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing. So far from encouraging a wholesome development of social power, it has invariably, as Madison said, turned every contingency into a resource for depleting social power and enhancing State power.” — Albert J. Nock

    Our founders understood the above quite clearly when they wrote the 2nd amendment. I’d suggest some of those commenting here read it again.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.” – C.S. Lewis

  9. At least a few states have Constitutional carry. Requiring any kind of paperwork to get a “permit” means that you are in the governments files as a potential member of the Resistance, should the government need to be resisted or even overthrown.

  10. The only problem I see with Constitutional Carry is reciprocity with states that don’t recognize it.

  11. I’ll take it one step further, this should bring out the black helicopter crowd, I believe it wise to have some type of basic firearms training before you even purchase a firearm. Just some training, have a card issued that covers any future purchases, the government doesn’t need to know what you have. Sometimes Grandpa or whoever is teaching you to shoot is an idiot that didn’t have formal training themselves. Of course you should have advanced training before you carry concealed, there’s just too much at stake not to. Most people especially civilians with no training are dangerous to themselves or the public. Good article.

  12. First, the US Constitution requires all able-bodied people to be armed and trained as the Congress requires the military to be trained – US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 is WHY all Americans are to carry.

    Second, we are not a nation ran by “rulers” – a person or group, we are a nation that WE are required to have a part in the governance of our nation, of our state. No person who serves within our governments have any “power”; instead the power/authority is assigned to a branch or to an named office within a branch and the person/people who temporarily serves within it are allowed to use that power/authority for as long as they perform the duties that are in writing, and in the manner required of them, plus they must take and KEEP the Oath. Basically our government is/are documents – the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution. They are also the supreme law of the nation, and the highest law of the state. That way power/authority that is allowed to be used by those who serve within our governments is in writing and not easily changed and everyone can easily know if it is being broken, usurped, etc.

    George Washington: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”)

    Understand that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” – as Mao Tse-tung, said in 1938 (basically endorsing the Second Amendment): “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Government is force, and the framers wanted to make sure that the force was never used against the people so they not only stuck with the Militia, but required both those that serve within the state and within federal governments to use the Militia for the purposes to summarizing Clause 15;
    — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”

    Who are the Militia? “We the people of the united States” are.

    Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

    Richard Henry Lee, First Senate: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

    George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment: “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

    Today, who will need to train the people, because it is not a family thing anymore – in just my lifetime that has been wiped out? It has to be the veterans.

    Nunn vs. State: ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right”.

    Cockrum v. State: “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power”.

    Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the LA Times 15 Oct 1992: “Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don’t have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.”

    • You might want to read clause 15.

      Clause 15:

      “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”

  13. Anyone who decides to carry a concealed weapon really need’s to do they’re homework first. I believe all who make this choice need to receive reasonably extensive training. Learn the state laws concerning concealed carry where they will be, at any time. Take a very deep look at themselves to see if they are mentally capable to take PROPER action when needed. Once anyone not only brandishes and or discharges a gun in public or private, depending on who else is there, can and will have they’re life change immediately. Having insurance that is specifically for this type of event is almost more important than having the gun. Be smart. Nobody gets a tattoo they are not sure of because they hard to get rid of after the fact.

  14. Amazing. When the conversation of the 2nd Amendment appears, politics rears it’s ugly head. Some say you have to pay for training to be a Doctor, Lawyer, get a driver’s license, etc so you should have to pay for you “Right to Carry a Weapon”. The 2nd Amendment is the ONLY Amendment that the Government makes you pay to exercise. Maybe it’s time to make Reporters go through training and pay for a license to report news or to exercise any of your other RIGHTS. They have yet to point out what part of the constitution makes these activities a right and also protects them as a right. That’s because they are a “Privilege”. Then there are those who find any topic to bring up their argument that the Government has entered wars that were “illegal”. If in fact they were illegal, why did Congress fund them? Congress is elected to be the voice of the People. And most of Congress supported them until they were termed Politically Incorrect. Then they were for them, until they were against them. They are the same ones that could stand back and watch a gang of thugs break in to a neighbors house and stand back and do nothing while their neighbors are being savaged.
    A larger concern is Political Correctness. Over the past few decades children have been taught that nothing is their fault, they are not responsible for the things they do. And have created a very litigious society. They use the Courts in an effort to win the lottery and/or to advance a political agenda. And some seek fame by wanting to post the most sensational video on youtube. They don’t care about filming and posting the entire incident only those portions that cause the most sensational outcry.

    So if you carry and shoot, you will have to deal with many bystanders placing themselves in harms way to take their video. Count on a law suit whether you are wrong or Right. And count on some police agencies arresting you, if you shoot or not, just because they can. And if you shoot and kill someone you will have that with you forever. Yet everyone talks about the legal issues and no one talks about the moral or phsycological issues. I’m not saying that it is morally wrong to shoot a bad guy that is threatening you (mere words are not enough) with imminent serious bodily injury or death. I am saying after doing so, can you live with your decision? It’s something to think about before the situation arises. Afterwards you will be second guessing yourself, possibly to the point of PTSD.
    I have been trained by the US ARMY as a MP and as a Civilian Law Enforcement officer and experienced many real life Shoot Don’t Shoot scenarios. Carrying a firearm is a serious undertaking that should be thought out ahead of time and it’s not for everyone. I always have a weapon close to hand but not always on my body. With constitutional carry the burden is entirely yours to be prepared in proficiency, responsibility and knowledge. Anything less is reckless and YOU become the problem and not the solution.

  15. While Mr. Nelson purports to support the 2nd Amendment, he does so clearly with infringements upon that “right” guarantied to us, “The People”. That means that he would “dictate” to us such a requirement before exercising a right to us that “shall not be infringed”. The “Militia” does not even come in to play in all of this because, as was so stated in other posts, we the people of the United States of America ARE the militia.

    I fail to see the merit in such a mentality. While I do agree that people would be well advised to undertake such training, our “Founding Forefathers” clearly meant for people to make decisions for themselves, and not have others up to and including the U.S. Government make decisions for them. Until an individual crosses that line in the sand and causes harm to some one else through their negligence, regardless of how well meaning their actions are, then they are just exercising their constitutionally guarantied right.

    I have training from multiple sources but I do not allow that training to make me arrogant and make me think that just because I have higher level training that every other “American Citizen” should necessarily be dictated to have training also. I am the “Master of MY fate, and the Captain of MY soul”, NOT any one else’s.

    You can not have it both ways! Either you believe in the “U. S. Constitution with the Amendments, the original portion of which was known as the “Bill of Rights” or you believe in bureaucracy with government control and oversight.

    So Mr. Nelson, Which is it?

    • BillyRay,

      I absolutely believe and support the 2nd Amendment and your right to carry and protect yourself. The intent of this article is to address the issuance of concealed carry permits in states where carrying concealed is a violation of state and local laws. I am simply stating that credible and valid training to carry concealed in public should accompany the issuance of cc permits. If you disagree with state law take up the issue with your legislators. While the article is really not an argument about the 2nd Amendment I completely understand your point…and I appreciate your concerns.

      By comparison, if driving a car was guaranteed by the constitution I’m not so sure I would want every person able to reach the pedals to be driving on public highways without some basic training in driving safely. So while you are in fact the “Master of your fate”, I don’t want you driving or carrying a gun for that matter around those I care about without some solid training in fundamentals to operate either. If you were to drive your car or handle your firearm carelessly on your property only and truly be the “Master of your fate” and your fate only…then our discussion of the issue would be mute.

      Terry Nelson

      • Driving a car is a right under the 4th Amendment. Travelling unimpeded is travelling regardless of mode. Most of us bought into the scam of drivers licenses pulled on the populace and said nothing. You don’t legally have to have a license to drive unless you are doing business. As a commercial driver, not a private citizen. It’s still never been changed in even most states Constitutions but people keep getting them. Thats why you see Farm Use truck from time to time and no license is required to do this. Its private use driving. You have to have them for “insurance” purposes which common law should cover anyway in reality. You bust up someone’s car or property, you are at fault and vice versa. Old Pappy Bush said it best, “If the people knew what we had done they would chase us through the streets and hang us.” He’s right. The more you learn about what these criminals have done the madder you get. That’s why the Founders did not want lawyers ever to be in Congress or the Presidency. Along with it being a title of nobility, which is legally an immediate disqualifier, they have bent the Constitution into near unrecognizable and a tyranny. It does not represent We The People these days.

  16. I live in Vermont a Constitutional carry state. Also one of the lowest crime rate states. Don’t like our gun laws tooooooo bad. I don’t like needing a permission slip from anyone. There should be more shooting clubs and areas to shoot and receive training. Mostly it’s responsibility with or without a permission slip. I’m on the Massachusetts border where it’s now illegal to have an AR15 even if you’ve had it awhile. Just because some SOB politician says so. Don’t give politicians the power be American and be responsible

  17. If you want to require training prior to owning or carrying a gun, get the State to require and furnish basic gun training in schools, starting in the middle schools and continuing through college.
    Or like Israel require everyone to serve time in the military.

    The real problem lies in families not being trained by the family protector, or that there is not one.

    I would like to see a national law against any gang member owning or carrying a gun.

  18. What the author is saying,simply put is, just because you own a hammer does not make you a carpenter. Without skill set training and reasonable amount of practice you are a liability to yourself and others. Now, before you all go nuts and start talking about rights and amendments, go check your tool box and see if you have a hammer.

  19. “Shall not be infringed”……..absolutely clear to me! A required CCW course is an infringement!

  20. Terry, I believe you are right. I am a retired police officer, firearms instructor for police, security and the general public in Texas. I am also a self defense instructor. In Texas we do have open carry if you have a license to carry. I lobbied with the NRA in DC, 1988 against the Brady Bill and for the Instant Check. As a police officer I lobbied for the CHL in 1992. I believe that training is the key, not the firearm. If I see someone open carrying a firearm, I can take it away from then and use it on them in less than a second. You know that over 80% of all gun fights occur within 3 yards. I am shocked at how many people can not hit center mass at 3 yards. As you may have guessed, I am not opposed to civilians carrying a firearm. They just need some training in the law and how to use the firearm accurately.

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