Shouldn’t people have to get training before they are allowed to carry a firearm?
Of course people need to be trained! People who carry without adequate training are at risk of injuring themselves or someone else.
Let’s be clear, however. South Carolina doesn’t actually require training to get a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). It does mandate a state-approved course before getting a CWP that consists mainly of instruction on state law and a little target practice. We believe this is ineffective and just serves to discourage people from carrying who could otherwise do so. For those who know what they are doing, the course is demeaning, and those who don’t know what they are doing will still be woefully lacking in training even after they complete the state-approved course (they might, however, think they know what they are doing).
Only a personal dedication to practice will accomplish proficiency, and that is not a task which any government can accomplish. Government can, however, hold people accountable legally for foolish and reckless behavior, which South Carolina does.
Finally, the data simply does not support the idea that state course mandates reduce accidental firearm injuries. There are currently 13 states that issue concealed weapon permits with no “hands on” course mandates. These states are in no way less safe than the states that do.