This article from Florida:
Since permitless carry became law in Florida, Tampa Bay area firearms instructors say more gun owners are choosing not to go through the safety training previously required to own a gun in Florida.
“You do not understand how to use a firearm properly unless you’ve taken extensive firearms training,” said Ryan G. Thomas, owner of Tampa Carry, which offers the previously required concealed firearms training, and more advanced training courses as well.
Before the permitless carry law went into effect, Thomas said about 1,000 people would take the concealed carry class every month. Since the law went into effect July 1, Thomas said the number of people taking the course significantly dropped, with only about 200 people a month.
“It upsets me at how many people think that owning a firearm is a game,” Thomas said. “They think all they need to do is buy a gun, walk into a gun range, and they’re just going to figure this out on their own.”
“The CWP classes, I’ve heard from colleagues in multiple counties across the state, and from the NRA at the state level, are down significantly,” said Jeff Davis, owner of GUNSAFETY4U.
“When you go through the licensing process, number one, you have to be trained and then certified by an instructor as being safe per the Florida rules,” Davis said. “What it really provides you with is portability, it allows you to go beyond the borders of Florida.”
I will absolutely agree that firearms training is important and people should get as much of it as they can.
Also, I just spent eight hours going through the Massachusetts LTC permit class hsving previously going through the four hour Florida class, eight hour Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, and Nebraska classes, and the sixteen hour Illinois class, sixteen hours of NRA pistol instructor certification, and several days at the Sig Academy and Thunder Ranch.
That eight hour course taught me nothing I didn’t already know and have taught to others.
Another mandatory class was just a time suck for me.
I had a buddy move to FL. He had to sut through the FL CCW class and he was a C-class USPSA shooter and an RSO.
I highly recommend training for new shooters.
I hate mandatory training for CCW permits because I don’t like the idea of having to pay someone for a piece of paper to exercise a right.
Also, this guy could sound a lot less like a dick who’s chaffed that a guaranteed source of income was taken from him.
If you’re a firearm instructor in Florida, try and sell your training services as some added value, instead of insulting people.