Are CCW Classes Mandatory? Who Should & Should Not Take Them?

The Skinny on CCW Classes Largo, FL

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Deciding to obtain a CCW license is one of the most important decisions you can make. In a life-threatening situation, a “good guy with a gun” can save lives. However, it’s not as easy as simply purchasing a firearm and carrying it everywhere. In most states, this requires attending CCW classes and applying for a license. Concealed carry laws vary from one state to another.


Is a CCW License Mandatory?

In the state of Florida, you need a license to carry a concealed weapon. Carrying a firearm in public without a license is a third-degree felony that can land you in prison, even as a first-time offender. Although it does have to be proven that you knowingly carried the firearm, there’s no requirement stating that it must have been your intention to conceal it.

Note that while you do not need a license to possess a firearm in your vehicle, it has to be securely encased and not in your manual possession. This makes it possible to transport your firearms to and from the range but does nothing to ensure that you can get to it quickly. The law states that there cannot be a concealed weapon “on or about the person,” which would include areas readily accessible, such as the glove compartment and vehicle interior. Thus, your safest bet (without a license) is to keep it in the trunk, unloaded, in a secure case.

Who Should Get a License?

We live in an increasingly dangerous world and as if crime wasn’t enough, terrorism can occur virtually anywhere. It’s not unreasonable to anticipate danger around the next corner. When faced with danger, you can either fight, flee or submit. Submitting could cost you your life or the lives of others. Fleeing is often the smartest course of action, provided you can get away. Fighting gives you an additional option and the choice to do so is one you’ll probably have to make on the spot.

Should you get a CCW license? Here at Mad Dog Armory, we believe the answer depends greatly on whether you can handle the responsibility of carrying a loaded firearm. It’s up to you to learn gun safety and how to shoot properly, since you are responsible for where each round goes. If you’re okay with that and would like to take charge of your own safety, then you should get your license.

Who Should Not Get a License?

The biggest reason not to get your license is being unsure that you can handle the responsibility. Not only do you have to decide whether it’s smart to draw your weapon in a dangerous situation, but you also have to be skilled enough to avoid hurting innocent bystanders. You should never point your weapon at anything you’re not willing to destroy.

If you have a felony conviction, can’t pass a background check, have been committed to a mental institution or have been dishonorably discharged from the military, it will not be possible to take CCW classes at Mad Dog Armory. In Florida, even certain misdemeanors can get you denied.

Ultimately, the choice to obtain a CCW license is up to you. The right to bear arms is outlined in the 2nd Amendment and it goes without saying that threats to your life and liberty are even more prevalent outside the safety of your home. To take CCW classes, visit our classes page. We hope to see you soon!