By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

Proponents say it would enhance safety and reduce accidents; opponents believe it could impede their right to self-defense

Series: WNPA | Story 6

Last updated 1/21/2020 at 7:18pm

OLYMPIA -- A proposal by Senate Democrats would require concealed pistol license applicants to complete a safety course.

Senate Bill 6294 would require conceal-carry permit holders to complete eight hours of training that would include safe handling and storage of firearms, state laws regarding the use of deadly force, conflict resolution, suicide prevention, and live-fire shooting exercises. Presently, conceal-carry permits are valid for five years and require only a criminal background check by local law enforcement and for the applicant to be over the age of 21.

Under the proposed law,...

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