POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 9:42pm
The waiting is over. it's no longer a theory but a reality.
The new rules on the concealed carry license have been published.
First, the guns.
Let's start at the beginning.
There are two basic types of handgun.
The revolver is a mid-19th century design whose ammunition capacity is limited by the cylinder.
The semi-automatic is a more modern design that can, in some models, hold many more rounds depending on the model and magazine.
And if you want a concealed handgun license, the kind of gun you use makes a difference.
If you qualify with a revolver, that's all you can carry.
If you use a semi-automatic, you can carry either gun.
But not now.
"And now, you just use any type of handgun, revolver or semi-automatic, it's fine," says Steve Prater of Lock and Load.
Another change reduces the minimum amount of classroom training time needed for a CHL.
"It used to be that you had to have ten hours of training and on top of that, range time to actually prove your proficiency with your handgun,” Prater says. “The state has reduced the requirement to where you have to have at least 4 hours of classroom training, plus the range time to prove proficiency. Really, 4-5 hours is enough time to teach the basic things that they need to know to shoot."
And the re-qualification when your license expires, has changed.
"Yeah, that's changed,” Prater replied. “Basically in a nutshell, the state wants their money, but other than that, there's no other requirement. We have a little bit of an issue, I know I do. We're a little skeptical of that because it doesn't require any sort of continued training or proficiency with a firearm. But other than that, what they've done is they've made it easier to acquire one."