Those seeking permits to carry concealed weapons no longer need to show they had at least four hours of firearms training.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wrote rules implementing the state’s new weapons law that set four hours as the minimum length of firearms training courses. But on Monday, his fellow Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules suspended the requirement for minimum hours.
The measure passed 6-2, with all Republicans for it and all Democrats against it.
The effect likely will be that the state Department of Justice will accept any training certification submitted with an application for a concealed weapons permit, Van Hollen told the committee just before it voted on the matter. Thus, some people could wind up getting permits after a bogus instructor passes out permits after teaching a course that lasts just a few minutes, Van Hollen said.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed off on Van Hollen’s temporary rules last month, but said he wanted the four-hour requirement dropped in permanent rules he will have to write next year.
Source: Patrick Marley for the Journal Sentinel.