Dozens Of Eastern Kentuckians Begin Concealed Permit Training

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Dozens of people in one eastern Kentucky community spent Sunday in class learning what it means to carry a concealed permit.

Before the eight hour training session began at the Letcher County Extension Center, those looking to apply for a concealed carry permit were given a booklet, which contains more then 50 pages worth of the do's and don'ts of carrying a concealed weapon.

Class was in session for dozens of people looking to take the first steps toward attaining a concealed carry permit. One applicant is Sandra Wright.

“The way the world is turning, you just never know. I mean, if you are out on the road and your car breaks down, it makes you feel a little more secure to have something with you,” says Wright.

For safety reasons, Wright says she's attending the class. As soon as her daughters turn 21, she says they too will do the same thing.

“This way you never know where your children are going to end up in life, and I want them to have the ability to protect themselves,” says Wright.

The Department Of Criminal Justice Training puts on the sessions. Concealed Carry instructor Will Connelly says firearm safety and the proper use of a handgun are just a few of many topics covered.

“They have to not only qualify on the range; they have to be able to fire that gun safely. They also have to do a background check, and we talk a lot about the responsibility of carrying those firearms,” says Connelly.

From there, Connelly says applicants must wait to receive proof they finished the course.

“They will get the certificate of training back from the Department Of Criminal Justice in a week or two, and then they actually go to Sheriff's Office, apply for the actually permit, and do the background check,” says Connelly.

Connelly says applicants who came to this training session can expect to receive their permit shortly thereafter.

“You never want to use anything like that you got to be crazy. But this way I know that if I need it I got it, and if my children will need it they will have it,” says Wright.

The wait couldn't come sooner for Wright.

Once the permit is in hand, Connelly says it is good for five years unless revoked as provided by law and is accepted in more then 30 states.

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