A Brief History, and some thoughts on firearms training
I first got involved with firearms, and the concepts of self-defense and concealed carry, a little over a dozen years ago.
At that time, I lived in Colorado, (and I still do). Back then, Colorado was considered a “may-issue” state. That means that state law was silent on the issuance of permits to allow ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons. It was up to the individual sheriff of each county to 1) decide if they wanted to allow residents to legally carry concealed weapons, and 2) if so, what the requirements to qualify would be. At that time, most county sheriffs in Colorado simply chose not to issue CCW permits to common citizens.