Feb 102019
 

concealed carry online trainingI have seen a recent increase in people coming to me with the sad story of spending their money on concealed carry online training only to find out that it is not acceptable in Colorado.

First– Colorado adopted a law in 2013 stating that concealed carry online training was not appropriate and that it was not allowed under our concealed carry laws in Colorado. Some confusion was had when the NRA came out with a training module that was done online, the difference being that you had to seek out a certified instructor to finish the class in person. This was allowed under the law because you had part of the training with a live person and that was an exception in the statute.

New Colorado Law Bans All Online Training

C.R.S. § 18-12-202(5)

“handgun training class” does not include any firearms safety course that allows a person to complete the entire course:

(I) Via the internet or an electronic device; or

(II) In any location other than the physical location where the certified instructor offers the course.

Second– Concealed Carry Training is not something you get out of a cereal box.  You need to not only discuss the laws of the state you will be carrying in, but you should have some hands-on training with a firearm so that you know the proper and safe methods of handling your firearm on a general basis especially under stress. Very few people come to me with what I call appropriate knowledge to be able to administratively handle their firearm and do it safely. I recently had a person in a class that had just taken another basic course from a certified instructor in the Pueblo Colorado area. This student informed me that they were not taught any of the safe handling techniques I use in my classes.  I find this especially troubling since most firearms accidents happen when administratively handling the handgun (loading and unloading). I also have witnessed instructors with students on the firing line where the student can not administratively handle that firearm safely in the shooting booth. This truly worries me that people are not getting some of the most important primary training they need. Its no wonder that concealed carry online training was not allowed under Colorado law.

You can get the training you missed out on in that hotel class or that class with an inexperienced instructor.  Contact me and let me know you would like to get a refresher on some of these issues and I will set you up for a class to do just that.

Some articles of Interest:

Safe Gun Handling- Loading and Unloading Pistols
Safe Gun Handling-Loading and Unloading Revolvers
Options When Carrying A Concealed Handgun

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Sep 162018
 

Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal TrainingThis year I’m seeing a big surge in Colorado concealed carry renewal training because I think people are finally realizing that they may not have gotten the training they needed to safely carry a concealed handgun when they first got their permits. If you have gone more than 5 years without some concealed carry renewal training you are kidding yourself. I am teaching material I have learned in the last year. Being an instructor is a commitment to training and being a student forever. Part-time instructors, gun show classes, hotel classes, and a class at the church may or may not have given you what you need to stay out of trouble and survive a deadly encounter.

Let’s face it the chances of you using your gun in self-defense is slim and none. Thank god Self Defense shootings are rare. Most shootings that you hear about are gang-related or involve the police or some criminal activity. The chances that you will injure yourself or someone else administratively mishandling your own gun is really high. Transporting your gun, loading and unloading that self-defense ammo because its expensive and you don’t want to waste it at the range. Cleaning your gun, and the big one drawing from the holster and then re-holstering and carrying a gun either improperly or in the wrong holster, these are all activities where accidents happen and concealed carry renewal training can help.

Next, the level of understanding of the allowed use of deadly force amazes me. I had a conversation with a couple in a renewal class the other day and I was floored at the level of misinformation most concealed carry holders actually have. People believe they can do all kinds of things with their gun in and out of their home that is not proper. Then there are the state gun laws that have not changed much in the 10 years I’ve been involved in this arena. But there are places now in Colorado that have preempted Colorado State law and made up their own regulations and guess what, you have to follow them and ignorance is not an excuse. Yes, there are lawsuits filed on these laws but it will take years to figure it out and meanwhile, you are subject to these rules. I remember a time when the rules were the same everywhere in Colorado that made you confident about having a gun and knowing what was right and wrong throughout the state.

On top of all that traveling out of the state of Colorado with a gun in your car has gotten trickier and trickier. Do you carry insurance for this you should if you don’t. Do these things sound important to you? Important enough to get someone to tell you the real scoop. Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training can help.  I’m not sure I want to rely on a class I had in the basement of some organization taught by a guy whos been a firearms instructor for 3 months. You are risking your freedom, your finances, and your life by not getting the concealed carry renewal training and information you need to carry a concealed handgun safely in Colorado. Think about it. Are laws being passed or ignored all over this country? What about Immigration, what about Marijuana. Are laws and regulations being passed everywhere that someone says are illegal or not valid under the constitution either by the state or federal governments.

Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training

And last but probably the most important. Can you hit the target with your chosen handgun at what most people consider to be reasonable distances for self-defense? Can you safely access your gun and put shots on target under stress? Can you draw your handgun sitting down? Have you practiced shooting your gun at contact distances? Have you tried to practice pulling your firearm while in your car? You know most self-defense incidents happen within 10 feet are over in less than 3 seconds with 3 or fewer shots being fired, and happen frequently in and around automobiles.

Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training is easy to get it just takes approximately 2.5 hours and can be done on your schedule. Don’t listen to your friends at the coffee shop about when you can shoot someone it’s not their savings or freedom that’s at risk. Get scheduled for Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training today.

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