Episode 50: Should Training be Required


Topic: Should there be government required minimum training in order to own a firearm, operate a firearm, or carry it concealed or openly in public? This is a more complex question than first meets the eye… often made muddy by instructors who have a financial incentive to require training. Listen to Riley and Jacob hash through the various arguments for and against legally requiring firearm training for gun owners.

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Pick of the Week


Yellow = No Training Required to get permit
Green = Classroom Training Suffices
Blue = Training which includes Live Fire
Orange = Varies by county

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Mr. Green on September 9, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Arizona doesn’t require CCW for concealed carry, nor permits for open carry, or firearm purchase. It would be more accurate map to indicate if training is required for permit but also if the permit is required.

  2. martin on September 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    yes, to drive a car you need training, to operate a computer you need training , you should have full knowledge of a weapon ! no excuses !

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