A surging topic in gun safety involves whether gun training should be legislated by the U.S. government. The Internet has been afire with questions related to if mandatory gun safety training should be required for people to hold Concealed Carry permits. In fact, Maryland recently enacted a new state law that requires 16 hours of mandatory gun safety training and an eight additional hours every three years to apply for and maintain a “wear and carry” permit.

The debate for this subject can be readily summed up. If the government required all news reporters to pass a comprehensive, fluent English exam before permitting them to report stories, would you support it? Likely not. How would you feel if under the fourth and fifth amendments, you were required to complete mandatory Constitutional law exams before exercising your rights to unlawful search and seizure, double jeopardy, self-incrimination or due process? You probably wouldn’t support this ridiculous endeavor either. However, why would someone support mandatory training for a right that is issued – without restrictions – by our forefathers under the Second Amendment?

Yes, people can argue that centuries ago it was more commonplace to be familiar with weapons, but self-defense is a right bestowed upon all U.S. citizens by the U.S. Constitution. No ifs, ands or buts – simply “… the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” There’s nothing in that straightforward statement that states or even implies that training must be required. In fact, by allowing the government to issue concealed carry permits, haven’t we already handed over a sizeable number of rights? 

Gun activists vary between supporting training and embracing the purity of the Constitution. A revolutionary ideology combines both of these believes and places them into a multi-tiered system. Concealed carry should be legal without required permits, as our forefathers do not list requirements for owning or shooting firearms. However, if gun owners submit to optional training, the government could offer rewarding benefits. For example, gun owners with approved training could carry even in areas that specifically post “No Guns.” Additionally, for citizens that exercise their self-protection rights, legal civil immunities will be granted. For states that wish to require concealed permits, legislatures could consider lowering permit fees if applicants have completed state-sponsored gun safety programs.

Techna Clip is a proponent of both gun safety and gun rights. Staunchly believing in the ultimate preservation of our U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, Techna Clip supports the right to self-defense.

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