Gun owner touts need for training

I started hunting at age 7, with my father and uncle.

They both spent time teaching me all aspects of gun safety. I started with a BB gun, then progressed to a .22 rifle.

I received additional training throughout the years.

On June 1, there was local and national TV coverage regarding states attempting to pass a bill that would allow a person to carry a weapon without a concealed carry permit and without needing training.

While I believe that every person should be able to defend themselves and loved ones from harm, I disagree that people don’t need training.

I feel there are many people in the world, male and female alike, who might not even know the difference between a revolver and semiautomatic weapon.

And they might not even know how to rack the slide or clear a malfunction of semiautomatic weapon. There are so many key components to becoming proficient in using weapons. It is a frightening thought that if this bill was passed, that a person could carry a weapon without at least five hours of training with an authorized instructor or a person with much knowledge and experience. Very concerning.

Another area I feel needs to be addressed is the national reciprocity. All states need to have the same laws.

Steven Anderson

Holmen

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