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Mexican_Hippie:
I did mine years back in TX.  I did it the opposite of smurf hunter. I carried before there was a legal CHL program.  I am not fond of licensing for anything, but I did it anyway to avoid any legal hassle once it was legalized.  I guess day to day practicality won out over my principles.

Anyway, it was an 8 hr class and some range time for a proficiency test.  The proficiency test is basically a joke; if you can't pass I wouldn't want you carrying around me - LOL.  You can get enough points at 3 and 7 yards to pass.   It's a silhouette target.

3 yards, 20 rounds
    1 shot, 2 seconds, 5 times
    2 shots, 3 seconds, 5 times
    5 shots, 10 seconds, 1 time

7 yards, 20 rounds
    5 shots, 10 seconds, 1 time
    2 shots, 4 seconds, 1 time
    3 shots, 6 seconds, 1 time
    1 shot, 3 seconds, 5 times
    5 shots, 15 seconds, 1 time

15 yards, 10 rounds
    2 shots, 6 seconds, 1 time
    3 shots, 9 seconds, 1 time
    5 shots, 15 seconds, 1 time

I had to submit fingerprints and do a background check, but Texas is shall issue and I have no criminal history.  I'd prefer constitutional carry, but we're still working in that direction.  I'm hoping HB700 passes here so we have OC as an option as well.

As was already mentioned its really just a pay-to-play certification course, not a training course. 

joeface:
When we teach the class here in NC the main concern is making sure the students understand NC law as it pertains to CCH. Many students after finding out how many places they cannot carry get upset. It is then I tell them to get involved and not leave it up to others to decide when and where they can carry. There is also a shooting requirement as in many other states. It has now gotten to the point that most Sherriff dept. require you to make an appt. in order to do your paperwork. You used to be able to just walk in and get it done, but it now to the point that just getting the appt. can take up to 2 months. Then the Sherriff has 45 days to get you the permit AFTER your background check and checks of State mental facilities comes back.

Absit:
I got mine..six or seven years ago.  At the time, Iowa was a "May Issue" state and I lived in a "Red" county.  It was all but impossible to get a permit to carry (permit to carry weapons, includes all weapons legal in the state and concealed/open) unless you were a current or retired law enforcement of some kind.  Even then, all permits had a stamp on them that said (among other reasonable restrictions) you had to have at least $500 cash or business property on you and you couldn't carry in public buildings (something to that effect).  I was 21 or 22, was not law enforcement, and not a veteran.  I was a member of (then) IowaCarry.org.  Most important - I didn't want that stamp on my permit, what good is it if I have to have $500 in cash?  An entire paycheck wasn't even $500!

Before anything else, I went to the county clerk and asked to see very permit to carry for the county.  I was told they only do one at a time, if I wanted to see more than that I'd have to pay an hourly fee for taking the clerk's time.  I paid the fee, I sat for a few hours recording information (mostly age and justifications).  The list ended up not doing me much good, but the fact that I sat there for a while may have.

I had to fill out an application for the permit.  When I did that I had to state a justification.  Self defense is not a justification.  I threw in some legalese that sounded professional.  I had to have a sit down meeting with the sheriff.  During this meeting he asked why I wanted a permit to carry, asked if I was a collector, asked if I thought someone was after me, etc.  He's actually a reasonable guy, when I provided solid arguments he didn't dismiss them.  When I put it forward that it's my right, he didn't turn me away.

I had to write a letter, explaining my knowledge of the laws regarding carrying weapons and the laws regarding deadly force in the Iowa Code.  In that letter I also had to provide references to my shooting abilities.  I had some pretty good references.  The letter was two pages long.

After he accepted the letter I was put on a waiting list.  In my county only the sheriff's department's class was accepted for the permit.  It took several months to get enough people on the list to put on the class.

The class was two days, one day classroom one day range, basic and easy stuff.

Three days later I got my permit.  There were I believe two other members of IowaCarry.org that went through the class with me.  After this, "demonstrated responsibility" became an acceptable justification on the application.  The whole process took about 8 months.  A couple/few years later the state went "Shall Issue" - I like to think largely with the help of IowaCarry.org (now Iowa Firearms Coalition).

Keep up the good fight.

Roundabouts:
We got ours again since letting it laps.  Process Go to main cop shop  fill out paperwork up stairs pay down stairs sign papers up stairs go behind screen for finger printing 20 minute process.  Wait for card in the mail.   3 weeks later maybe less card arrives laminate it and put in purse/ wallet.   Done.  WA is easy.

rikkrack:

--- Quote from: Roundabouts on April 04, 2013, 07:50:09 AM ---We got ours again since letting it laps.  Process Go to main cop shop  fill out paperwork up stairs pay down stairs sign papers up stairs go behind screen for finger printing 20 minute process.  Wait for card in the mail.   3 weeks later maybe less card arrives laminate it and put in purse/ wallet.   Done.  WA is easy.

--- End quote ---

Almost as simple as Indiana

Fill out form
Go get digital fingerprint
Send in info
wait for card. (card times when we did it was 4-6 weeks is now 4-6 mo due to so many getting recently)

Bonus, we have 4 year License or lifetime for 30 bucks more. Wife and I got lifetime. Think total cost $150ish after taxes, local fees, fingerprint fee etc.

Added bonus with sprinkles. Indina is mute on OC vs CC. so we can do either at our convenience. A few limited places you are banned from carring (schools, casino, federal buildings, school bus, aircraft and during state fair - now that one was odd) everywhere else is fine.

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