At Shoot Point Blank we cater to a wide variety of shooters, from the most experienced gun enthusiast to someone who might be using a firearm for the first time.
There are also many different reasons why people come to our indoor shooting ranges. Some visit because of the enjoyment recreational target shooting while others are interested primarily in self-defense.
No matter their level of expertise or why they’ve come to see us, we strive to treat everyone equally, and provide a friendly environment where answers to your questions and assistance are always available.
In this way, you could say that education is at the center of everything we do.
In addition to assisting customers with their firearm purchases and while shooting on our ranges, we also provide more advanced educational opportunities in a classroom setting with certified instructors.
Nationwide the number of concealed weapons permits issued has been growing steadily, and as of 2017 more than 16.3 million of these licenses have been issued in the United States.
It’s no surprise then that our concealed carry and advanced conceal carry classes are also the most popular we offer at Shoot Point Blank.
Concealed Carry Explained
Concealed carry (or CCW, which stands for “carrying a concealed weapon”) is the practice of carrying a firearm such as a handgun in public where it cannot be seen by the casual observer, either on one’s person or close by.
Concealment is what distinguishes CCW from “open carry”, when gun owners openly carry firearms while going about their daily business.
There is no federal law that concerns concealed-carry permits, and all fifty states have passed their own laws regarding these licenses.
In some states the regulations are quite restrictive, and though they have CCW permit laws, in practice they don’t issue permits or make them extremely difficult to obtain.
On the other end of the spectrum, some states are “constitutional carry” (also called permit-less carry); the least restrictive allow anyone 18 years or older who may lawfully own a gun to carry one. Some states require a background check only, such as Indiana.
To complicate matters, some states recognize permits issued in other jurisdictions while others do not, and certain municipalities have laws that differ from the rest of the state.
*Check our schedule for other special events and classes, free workshops and private lesson availability, too!
Getting Your CCW Permit
As you can see, the process you will need to follow is dictated by the state and city that you live in, and your best bet is to call or come by your local Shoot Point Blank location to learn more.
But in general, most states require classroom instruction by an NRA-certified instructor with approved course materials as part of their CCW application process.
The actual number of hours required varies, typically from 6 – 16 hours. Many states have a shooting qualification requirement as well, i.e. showing your basic competency to an instructor.
The CCW courses offered at each of our locations meet the specified requirements for a CCW permit in that jurisdiction, unless otherwise noted.
In addition to time spent in the classroom, our courses also include time at the range (state specific) to apply your knowledge and improve your skills. When you’re ready, you’ll also take the shooting qualification portion of your permit when required. You may also be able to take advantage of some special discounts the day of your class!
We stress that even in jurisdictions where specific requirements are not mandated (Constitutional carry states for example), it is still HIGHLY ADVISABLE that you attend a CCW course prior to taking any firearm in public.
Gun Safety Knowledge Builds Confidence
As you might imagine, safety is always our primary concern at Shoot Point Blank.
There are responsibilities associated with having a conceal carry permit, namely to have the utmost respect for gun safety and always display that behavior to others.
When you fully understand these fundamentals and always follow them, we believe anyone can become more confident and comfortable around firearms.
Our class instructors (as well as Range Safety Officers at each facility) continually reinforce the 4 Fundamentals for Safe Firearm Handling:
- Always treat your firearm as if it is loaded
- Always point your firearm in a safe direction down range
- Never put your finger on the trigger until sights are on target
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it
Regardless of your experience with firearms, these four rules should always be at top of mind!
There’s No Replacement for Experience
After you’ve taken your course, submitted your application and any supporting materials, it can take anywhere between 30-60 days to obtain your permit. Most permits are valid for a period of 5 years.
Even after you receive your permit, you should understand that firearm safety and handling skills are a lifelong journey. Though our basic class teaches as much as possible in the time allowed, it’s just a first step.
Why should you consider investing in building upon your CCW skills?
As a CCW student, you just received 8 hours of training and a range session. Though you may be more prepared than many, do you think you’re ready for a potentially deadly situation should it arise?
For comparison, a police officer goes through hundreds of hours of firearm training to carry a firearm and prepare themselves for those same circumstances.
Our Advanced Concealed Carry, Insight: Deadly Accuracy & Speed Shoot classes go far beyond the basics, and addresses what you should do if ever put in a deadly situation. Unfortunately, Insight and Speed Shoot classes are not available at all locations, however we are working hard to offer them soon.
In addition to advanced classes, there is also no replacement for simple experience – practicing what you’ve learned. The more time you spend familiarizing yourself with your firearm and handling it safely, the more confident you will be if ever called upon to put your skills into action.
And that’s the true test.
At Shoot Point Blank, our mission is to promote responsible firearm ownerships and usage through an engaged, honest and knowledgeable team effort.
We hope you’ll stop by your local range for more information today!