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Wouldn't it be nice if everyone wore a sign that said either "Good Guy" or "Bad Guy"? Without such signage, who decides who is the Good Guy and who is the Bad Guy? And are any shades of gray allowed? And what training do people have to have about making such decisions before they are allowed to carry?
What bothers me about the gun laws in many states is that a person can obtain a license for conceal carry with absolutely no gun training whatsoever.
I am strongly in favor of "must issue" laws for concealed permits, but I also think the license should require actual gun handling proficieny. In Oregon, all you need to do is be resident over 18, not a felon or adjudicated insane, take a one-evening course in gun laws and pass a test with which most first grasders would have no problems.
I have been around guns my whole life, and I used to be a pretty good shot - but I have no training in real time situational analysis, threat response techniques or combat techniques. Also, I have very serious vision problems that make discerning background objects difficult and that make finding a target difficult. But, I do have a concealed carry permit. Why? Because I can. Is that crazy? You bet!
I would be a lot more comfortable if there was some meaningful criteria for issuing concealed permits and allowing open carry in metropolitan areas. Perhaps just a firearms permit that warrants you have recieved some minimal training inactually using the firearm.. Just like drivers licenses.
And think of all the new jobs that bureaucracy would generate.
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