Instead of requiring training, if that offends you, why not offer an incentive to new CCW applicants by saying "If you complete state approved training course ABC, the term of your permit will be 4 years instead of the standard 3. If you complete courses ABC and XYZ, your permit will be effective for 5 years. There will be no additional permit fees for the extended terms."
I suspect many new gun owners don't have mentors to teach them the rules and coach them in basic handling techniques. I don't have the answers, but I do believe learning 4 basic safety rules falls far short of adequate training, especially with handguns.
If a person new to firearms lacks adequate training, he may teach himself some very bad habits. Extensive practice of bad techniques can lead to unsafe performance thats very hard to unlearn.
Last edited by PhotoFeller; 03-22-2013 at 10:44..