New Colo. law strikes all-online firearm training

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jun 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-20 18:37:00-04

DENVER (AP) — In an age where you can buy a car or get a college degree without ever leaving the house, Colorado lawmakers have made one thing impossible for people to obtain from comfort of their couch: A concealed weapon permit.

A bill signed into law last month requires people to show a firearm instructor in person that they can safely handle a gun before they get a permit. Legislators say their goal is to close an Internet-era loophole they didn't envision 10 years ago when they passed the state's concealed-carry law.

Most states require proof of training to carry a concealed weapon. Instructors teach basics like how to load and unload a gun and how to hold it. Only a few states allow people to complete a concealed-carry course entirely online.