The training requirement for an applicant to conceal carry should be at least 24 hours (two weekends), of which at least six hours should be live-fire instruction. Effective instruction should appeal to visual, aural, verbal, kinesthetic (hands-on training), and interpersonal (or peer) learning.
Online instruction is a solitary experience. It would not be effective for most learners and would deprive trainees of other valuable methods of instruction.
At a minimum, firearms training curriculum should cover the following: Firearm Safety, Understanding Pistol Components and Operation, Loading & Firing a Pistol, Role-playing Stressful Self-Defense Scenarios that Create Fear and Confusion, Loading and Firing a Pistol under Stress, Unloading/Reloading a Pistol, Drawing from a Holster, Fundamentals of Aiming & Firing, Proper Breathing Techniques, Pistol Maintenance and Storage, Clearing Common Pistol Stoppages, Dry-Fire & Live-Fire Practice, Home Self-Defense Strategies, Self-Defense Strategies Outside of the Home, Understanding the Defensive Use & Consequences of Deadly Force, Confronting an Intruder or Attacker, the Emotional & Legal After Effects of Shooting an Assailant, Understanding State & Federal Laws Governing the Carry & Use of Firearms…
I remain concerned about people who have only two days of training and who also lack experience with firearms (but decide to carry anyway). Carrying a firearm entails profound responsibility and the ability to act instantaneously under extreme stress with self-restraint.
Though 16 hours of firearms training is the state’s requisite requirement for concealed carry, it takes many hours of shooting practice to enhance proficiency. Without real self-defense experiences, it is imperative to have practice lessons that include multiple visualizations of possible self-defense scenarios and to discuss the physical and emotional ramifications of the use of deadly force in self-defense.
People who own and carry guns should continue practicing at a firing range at least once a month, in addition to studying and reviewing the principles of the aforementioned curriculum on their own.