Members of the Idaho Legislature, please know that I believe passing the concealed carry legislation that is currently under consideration by the Idaho Legislature without firearms training as a prerequisite to authorizing such carry is a very bad idea and I urge you to vote against the proposal.
I am a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, who served primarily as an infantryman and an infantry officer. I have extensive weapons handling and carrying experience that includes combat in the Vietnam War and various security assignments, including command of a Marine Security Guard Detachment at a Naval Air Station and a Marine Security Guard (State Department) Company.
Based on my practical experience, training, and I believe simple good, common sense, the state of Idaho should not authorize anyone to carry a concealed weapon that lacks weapons handling training and experience. Moreover, that the state would sanction concealed carry without training encourages a casual mentality about the responsibilities and consequences of firearms use that virtually invites unpleasant and adverse consequences to the person carrying and completely innocent bystanders.
Garrett V.H. Randel Jr., Eagle