it occurs to me it's irresponsible to sign off on a teaching a skill an instructor is not qualified to teach. A responsible instructor would have taken the time and effort to acquire the proper training to teach the skill.
it occurs to me it's irresponsible to sign off on a student who has not drawn and live fired from the holster
Beyond teaching the basics which may or may not sink in you're not going to make anyone a better shot or a safer gun owner in 16 hours. But every instructor should emphasize that safety and competence in holstering and shooting takes a lifetime of practice. Some will continue to practice and take follow-up courses and some won't.
This is the problem with forcing the basic required class on everyone. You're going to get a wide range of comfort and competence levels.
You're going to get the EDC lifestyle people and the talisman of protection people that think keeping a gun untouched in the center console will ward off evil.
It's the same types of people in states where no training is required to get a permit, which is why I argue against mandatory training altogether. I don't question people's reasons and manner of carry, the fact that there isn't blood on the streets points that even the incompetent are exercising a reasonable level of competence with firearms. With or without training.
People actually fail the shooting portion, I've never seen it but I hear it happens more then we'd think. Probably from test anxiety, flinching, or overall nervousness around guns. Do you really trust that person to remember to keep their finger off the trigger drawing?
I think it's pretty reckless to teach live fire holstering when there will be a percentage of your class that isn't even getting the license to carry holstered. And some after taking the class may make the decision to forgo carrying altogether.
The basic class really only needs to exist due to how complex our Illinois legal system is towards gun rights. Which shouldn't be a reason...
Edited by chicagoresident, 11 February 2018 - 01:30 AM.