The world is changing and more and more people are finding it easier to learn from their home computers. Online training and education has been widely adopted by Universities and Colleges for over a decade and other industries are catching on too. In 2016 the National Rifle Association (NRA) also announced their first online training for their blended Basic Pistol Course.
Is This Good or Bad?
Not everyone in the gun community agrees with this approach. Most people agree on two things. First that training shouldn't be legally required to exercise one's constitutional rights. Second, regardless of the law everyone should seek out and obtain as much training as one can. So where does online training fit into that? In my opinion online training is a fantastic solution to make good training more accessible to more people at a reasonable cost.
If you have heard that there might be a way for you to take your concealed handgun permit class online you are in the right place. This article is going to explore the various aspects of different state laws, how online concealed carry courses work, and if they will qualify in your state.
Navigating The Laws of the Various States
The first step to understanding if an online class will work for you is in understanding reciprocity. There is more than one way to be able to legally conceal in your state. You see you have two options if you want to carry concealed:
Option A: Obtain your local state's permit
Option B: Obtain a permit from a state whose permit is honored by your local state
For example, if you live in Missouri you could obtain the Missouri permit by going through a required Missouri course and applying with the state for the local Missouri permit. Or you could do whatever is required to get a permit from Arizona, Utah, Texas, Virginia, or Florida… because Missouri honors the permits from all of those states. Even as a RESIDENT of Missouri you can still choose to get a permit from Virginia INSTEAD of Missouri and still carry concealed in Missouri with the same rights and privileges as anyone with the local Missouri permit.
Will An Online Class Qualify For My State Permit?
The next key is in understanding that currently only one state in all of the United States will accept a purely online only course to apply for their permit. That state is Virginia. So the question you need to ask is, “Does my state honor the Virginia permit?” Because if your state does honor the Virginia permit then you can choose to take an online only course and apply for the Virginia permit instead of taking an in-person course and applying for your own local state permit.
What States Will Honor That Permit?
The Virginia non-resident permit is valid in 28 US States. Here is the map:
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Residents of Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina (specific counties) Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. While the Virginia permit is honored in your state, your state requires that residents obtain their local state permit in order to carry concealed in the state. In other words, a resident of any other state with a Virginia non-resident permit can carry concealed legally in your state but you could not unless you have a local state Concealed Carry Permit. We still invite you to obtain your Virginia permit so you will have reciprocity with the other states shown.
How Do You Take A CCW Class Online?
Taking an online concealed carry class is very simple, safe, and affordable. After purchasing the course here, you will have access to a special section of the website where you can take the course.
The online concealed carry course is broken into the following modules:
- Handguns and Ammunition Basics
- Firearm Safety
- Basic Firearm Handling
- Concealed Carry Fundamentals
- Traveling With CCW Permits
- Training and Practice
- Concealed Carry / Gun Law
- Buying and Selling Firearms
- Organizations and Resources
Each module consists of a number of video lessons that are between 2 and 5 minutes each. You watch each video lesson and then answer a single, open-book, multiple choice question to ensure comprehension. When you have completed the online course (about 2 hour hours) you print off your certificate of completion that you will need to apply.
To get all your questions answered visit the course page here.
How Do I Apply for The Permit?
Once you have completed the course you just fill out the state application and mail it along with your certificate and other required documentation to the State Police. Don't worry, we provide all the step by step, easy to follow instructions in the course material.
If you want to learn more about the online concealed carry opportunity click here.