Let’s Talk Range Hours…The Answers You Need
The more hours you get on the range, the better. But, if you're just talking about how many hours of formal training you need before you can get certified with your CCW permit, it varies from state to state. Here's what you need to know:
- Seven states require no permit at all for concealed carry. These states include Maine, Kansas, Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska, Missouri and Vermont. If you live in one of these seven states, remember practice makes perfect and practice makes safe gun handlers...
- California, Connecticut, Arkansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, and Rhode Island all require live-fire training before you can earn your CCW permit.
- Cross-state permits are valid in some scenarios through reciprocity. Arizona CCW is recognized in thirty eight other states, Texas and Utah CCW in thirty one, Idaho in thirty four, and Florida in forty. Always check when traveling to be sure.
These laws are subject to change at any time, so stay on top of gun laws in your state. Don't act on assumption, make sure your info i up to date.
How Many Hours Do You Need?
In states with a mandatory number of hours, you're typically looking at anywhere from five hours of live-fire training in a state like Arkansas to eight hours in California before you can take your live-fire test and get certified.
In some states it may be self-policed. That is, at the discretion of the person administering the course. Gun safety is important to the second amendment community in large part because accidents are such a precious political pawn to opponents of the right to bear arms, meaning that when we can all handle our firearms safely and with precision, it's that much easier to defend our right to carry them.
Of course our advice is to spend as many hours on the range as you can. The more time you spend practicing, the better you're going to be at safely and competently handling your firearm. And in any event, a bad day at the range beats a good day at work every time.