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April 14, 2013

Vol. 7   No. 7

More on 'Short Classes'

Back in 2011 [more], I published a Newsletter condemning the unlawful practice of conducting classes that were less than the statutory minimum length of 10 hours (Currently:  Texas Government Code Sec. 411.188 requires that the handgun proficiency course be "... at least 10 hours ...")

Well, it looks like the State is about to do something about what they have, since the CHL program's inception,  been considering illegal, short classes.

Is the Texas DPS finally going to start strict enforcement of the current 10 hour law?

No!

To the contrary, our State Legislators are going to bring offending instructors into compliance by 'dumbing-down' the system.  It looks like our elected officials are going to trim about 3 - 4 hours from the required length of an initial CHL class [83(R) HB 47].

What does this mean?

It means that our elected officials believe that those of us, who have been teaching in compliance with the 10 hour law, have been wasting both our time, and our students' time.  Apparently, trying to make sure our students left the classroom with sufficient knowledge of CHL to keep them on the right side of the law, and attempting to ensure that their carrying of a handgun would not jeopardize the safety of the general public has not been as important as we have been lead to believe.

Personally, I don't think that any part of time spent with students in a 10 hour class has been wasted.  I think that taking more time to make CHL applicants aware of the consequences of carrying a handgun in public has resulted in a higher degree of safety for both the licensee and for the general public.

To that end,  Staying Alive will conduct CHL Classes in the following manner:

All classes will be conducted in accordance with whatever shortened timelines may be required by the State.  At the end on the minimum class time requirement, students, who have successfully met the minimum shooting proficiency requirement and the minimum written test requirement will be issued their Form CHL-100.

Additionally, students will be given the following farewell message:


You have met the minimum standard set by the State Texas for CHL training.

Soon after submitting your application to the Texas DPS, you should receive a license to carry a concealed handgun, the world’s least lethal firearm.

If you find yourself in a life-or-death situation with no option left, other than the use of a handgun, your ability to combine the ineffectiveness of the weapon, with grossly inadequate training, and a total disregard for the need to practice, will probably be enough to ensure that I won’t be seeing you in a renewal class.

- - Go with God.


Then, students will be given the option to either leave, with their certificates, or to spend additional time, not to exceed a total class time of 10 hours, to learn the material that the reduced hours did not allow time to teach.

Any additional hours will be taught with NO ADDITIONAL COST to the student.

Life's full of choices.


Practice, Practice, Practice

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