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Published: Sunday, May 11 2014 6:30 p.m. MDT

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dan76
san antonio, TX

While I laud the folks involved in hunter safety education, don't neglect the fact the number of hunters nation wide is dwindling due to a number of factors. Certainly this decrease is in part responsible for the hunting accident reduction.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Utah's current program now consists of 12 hours of classroom training along with a written exam and a shooting range qualification."

Seems reasonable, and the results speak for them selves.

So, the law requires more training to bring a gun into the sparsely populated woods than onto our city streets. And that is only if it is concealed. Zero training if it is not.

Does that make sense to anyone?

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

Joe Blow: You make a good point - doesn't seem to make much sense....on paper. However, how many accidents have you heard of with people with concealed weapon permits? The percentage of accidents to the number of those carrying has to be so astronomically small it is hardly worth mentioning. So, to answer your question.. it doesn't make sense.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"The percentage of accidents to the number of those carrying has to be so astronomically small it is hardly worth mentioning. So, to answer your question.. it doesn't make sense."

Well then, lets use the same logic to weapons in the home. The "percentage of accidents" is not small at all.

It is quite common on the DN to read stories of children killed as a result of irresponsible gun ownership. Accidental shootings are actually quite common.

Think a bit of training may be warranted?

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

I know that anti-gun people like to make up statistics to claiming to show how horrific it is that people actually carry firearms, but the permit to carry concealed requires comprehensive training to apply.

I have taken the course myself and found it complete. The state of Utah requires applicants must take an approved class taught by a certified instructor.

Big Joe V
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Good article. Wish it was given more press to influence other states and NRA to promote gun safety education. I've never forgotten mine I received in the 60's in Calif. The GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED, never point it at anything unless you intend to kill it, object or animal.

Ryan9
Grantsville, UT

ALL gun owners should be trained how to handle guns safely at the least, and preferably how to shoot them and all the other information they should understand about firearms. If our law-makers really cared about us citizens they would make gun training mandatory, not gun registration. But they do NOT care about us, they care about getting control of the guns, hence the laws currently on the books and the ridiculous registration process lawful citizens must endure. Write your congressmen and ask them to require gun training instead of gun registration and watch what DOESN'T happen.

JLFuller
Boise, ID

Hunter education used to be provided in the junior high schools in Idaho when I was a teen. It should still be offered however the over-reaction by a few misguided education staff would seem to make that impossible. But that does not make gun safety education and firearm training a bad idea. In my opinion, everyone should be required to attend and complete firearm safety training before being allowed to own a gun or get a hunting license. That just makes good sense despite what the hand-wringers and fearful say. After all, it is the mentally ill who commit the awful acts we se on TV and read about, not the safety conscious, law abiding gun owners.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Write your congressmen and ask them to require gun training instead of gun registration "

"In my opinion, everyone should be required to attend and complete firearm safety training before being allowed to own a gun"

The NRA and the far right would go berserk at any such "requirement". I expect Mr Richards might chime in also.

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Joe, at one time hunter and firearm safety training was a part of grammar school education. The 4H club and FFA were active in the schools and part of their curriculum was firearm safety education. The NRA, whose certified instructors train most security and police in the US, has offered to provide FREE firearms safety education in public schools in many states. It is the Left that screams bloody murder.

Before the late 1950s, firearm training was accepted because parents taught their children. Shooting clubs in high schools were rather common. As the left has succeeded in shutting down safety training for children, even when offered free in school, accident rates have gone up. The NRA and NSSA have pushed for years to teach firearm safety and proficiency only to be universally thwarted by the Progressive/Left/Liberal agenda.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Bruce.

The key word was REQUIREMENT. I am not saying that the NRA are against firearm safety classes.

But they would certainly balk at any training requirement for gun ownership.

Heck, they are adamantly opposed to smart guns.

Bruce A. Frank
San Jose, CA

Yeah, Joe, and I'm against cars that won't start if the seat belt isn't fastened. Just throw another straw-man at the wall to see if it sticks (mixed metaphor reply seems appropriate for your continued apples and oranges distraction). I thought we were talking about the actual requirements for concealed carry! But don't let the facts dissuade you from a good rant. One last time, training for concealed carry *IS* required.

BU52
Provo, ut

Maybe a gun safety unit could be included in the public school health curriculum. That would raise a few hackles.

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