Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monthly Permit Issuances in Louisiana

By Dave Dargo

Last year the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit was issuing just over 850 permits per month.  This year, according to our sources in that unit, they've been issuing between 3,000 and 5,000 every month.

That's an increase of 250% - 490% over last year.  These numbers provide good insight on why it's taking longer to issue those permits.  We've been told that they're just now getting through February's mail.

I previously wrote that I think a responsible person who chooses to carry a gun will opt for more than the nine hours of training mandated by the state.  While the amount of training one gets is a personal decision, it's difficult to justify carrying a firearm ready for confrontation without more training than the minimal requirements of the state.

In that article I wrote of the P.O.S.T standards of 24 hours of pistol training for a new police recruit.  I have somewhere over 240 hours of pistol training, including force-on-force training.

I'm delighted to see the number of people who've decided to exercise their right to self-defense take it seriously enough that they're willing to go through the training, fingerprinting and background check necessary in order to obtain a permit.

I hope those people also take it seriously enough to expand the amount of training they receive beyond that state mandated minimum.



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