I had every intention of getting my concealed handgun license. It didn’t matter that everyone I told looked at me in either disgust or horror, I had signed up to go with my mama and daddy and a couple of girlfriends and I wanted to go shoot some guns!
But then I found out that I had to be at the CHL class at 7:45 on Saturday morning and I wouldn’t walk out of there until 6 hours later. But I figured I’d be there with friends and family and we’d be having ourselves a big ol’ time pointing and shooting guns at paper targets. Whoo-hoo! The time would FLY by!! Right?
But then I found out that there would be no shoot ‘em up bang bang during this six-hour class. This was going to be a six-hour LECTURE. And during this lecture — which was conducted by a very nice man, by the way, and I would’ve loved to have set him up with one of my single girlfriends but it turns out he’s married — we would learn all about where we can and can’t carry concealed handguns and the penalties for carrying one when and where you’re not supposed to. And after that six hour lecture we would be tested and then we’d have to come back ANOTHER day to shoot. Dang it!
So I sat there for the first hour, and do you know what I found out? You don’t have to have a CHL to have a gun in your home. You don’t have to have a CHL to have a gun in your car. In fact, if you are attacked on your premises — and by premises, I mean in your home or in your car — you have every right to defend yourself. You only need a CHL if you plan on walking around with a gun to protect yourself and your family at any time or in any place that doesn’t sell alcohol or have a bunch of kids running around. There’s a little more to it than that, but you get the gist.
SO! I’m sitting there thinking that I have no intention of ever walking around with a gun tucked in my bra. And I’m thinking that I don’t really have any desire to actually own a gun, like, EVER. So why exactly was I giving up six hours of my Saturday to take a test that lets me walk around with a gun that I never plan on owning? I looked over at my girlfriend who had the same epiphany and we got up and left.