Why No Range Shooting is Required For Our Utah CCW Class
The answer is simple: 1) The State of Utah currently does not mandate any live-fire training to qualify for and receive a Utah Concealed Weapons Permit; and 2) to keep the class fee to a bare minimum.
That being the case, in order to become truly safe and effective as a Utah CCW permit holder, a person should spend considerable time becoming comfortable, knowledgeable, proficient, and accurate with their concealed carry pistol of choice. So, do we need the State to mandate and regulate all this? I don't think so. I am personally grateful for the approach the Legislature has taken regarding concealed carry regulations up to this point. They expect us all to complete the process, on our own, of becoming "truly qualified" to responsibly carry around in public the power over life and death.
This obviously involves considerable time practicing concealed carry techniques and live fire training with our gun. It also involves additional study and serious thought to understand and assimilate the State and Federal laws regarding self-defense and concealed carry. It may also require additional training in the proficient use and proper tactics with your firearms. This all takes additional time and effort, after the initial Utah Concealed Carry Permit class has been completed, to become truly safe and effective as a concealed firearm permit holder. The State leaves this up to us, and expects us to follow-through to ensure that we will act in strict accordance with the laws.
There are some instructors who impose their own personal requirement of demonstrating a certain level of firearm proficiency and safety on a gun range as a part of their class. In some cases, this may add considerable additional cost to the students of these classes for the additional time spent by the instructor, the cost of renting firearms where necessary, and purchasing ammunition. Some outfits add this requirement because they are hoping to ultimately sell firearms to their students.
The State of Utah has a very specific and detailed curriculum that they indicate should take a minimum of 4 hours to cover adequately. My approach will continue to be to spend the class time as effectively as possible to ensure that all the required material is covered thoroughly, and to keep extra activities separate from this class time.
Please visit my Utah Concealed Carry Permit website for additional information, and to register for an upcoming class, or to schedule a private class at your location.
Thanks for reading this.Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor Utah Concealed Carry Permit MMunnerlyn@Gmail.com (801) 201-0369
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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