Student Resources

A list of resources either expanding on or related to the things we discuss in our Basic Concealed Carry course.

How to apply for a permit or license in:

  • Minnesota
  • Florida
  • Arizona
    • How to obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit - this page also includes links to any other information you might wish to learn regarding the AZ Concealed Weapons Permit
    • As of July 20, 2011, the AZ Department of Public Safety's Concealed Weapons Permit Unit no longer approves or renews concealed weapons training programs, training organizations, or firearms-safety instructors.
    • AZ does require all applicants to "demonstrate competence with a firearm", and there are a number of allowable methods for doing so (see subsection N of statute 13-3112), including either of the following:
      • "A valid current or expired concealed weapon, firearm or handgun permit or license that is issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state and that has a training or testing requirement for initial issuance."  --  A MN Permit to Carry does meet this requirement
      • "Completion of any ... firearms safety or training course or class that is conducted by a department of public safety approved or national rifle association certified firearms instructor."  --  All Long Shot Training certified Permit to Carry instructors are also NRA certified instructors, and your instructor's NRA Instructor number is included on your permit, therefore your Long Shot Training certificate of completion does meet this requirement

Firearms Laws in Minnesota, A Guide for Legislators - published in November, 2012, this is a summary of all MN (and a few federal) gun laws, including references to relevant case law.  As the preface notes, this is not intended to be "legal advice", but it is a plain-English explanation of the laws regarding the possession, purchase, sale, carry & use of firearms in MN

Summary of "Prohibited Locations" in MN - Includes information on both possession and transport of any firearm without a permit, as well as where you can & cannot carry your handgun with a valid permit to carry

Marc Berris - Attorney to call if your permit is denied or revoked, or when you get in any gun-related trouble

The Gun Owner's Civil Rights Alliance - A MN-based gun rights organization that has done (and continues to do) a lot of work at the state capital to protect and expand your fundamental right to own and carry firearms for self defense - your first stop when you think about carrying in other states

Duty to inform? - I haven't read every word of this article, but it appears to be a pretty good state-by-state summary / reference on whether or not you have a duty to inform anyone (typically law enforcement, but in some cases home owners as well!) that you are carrying a firearm.

What to say in the aftermath of a defensive gun use - a video from Massad Ayoob (well-known police officer & trainer)

Never Talk to the Police! - A YouTube video of a talk given by two people - a former prosecutor (& current law professor) and a police officer - who both advocate you never speak the police, and explain clearly why

A World Without Guns - An interesting article detailing both the impossibility of ever successfully banning guns, as well as what the world would look like if we could.  As the sub-head of the article states - "Be forwarned: It's not a pretty picture"

You Know Less Than You Think About Guns - A discussion of the "scientific" studies done over the past 2+ decades on firearm ownership, possession & use.  It does a very good job of pointing out the significantly flawed assumptions &/or conclusions so many who study this issue make or repeat from earlier studies.  It'll take a while to read but it is worth the time.

Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines - Insist these guidelines be followed by the Police if you are ever involved in a defensive gun use

Run, Hide, Fight! (video) - A brief, but accurate summary of what you should do if you ever find yourself in an "active shooter" situation.  It can also be used as a basis for the mental scenarios you run for yourself as we discussed in class

Minnesota-based discussion forums:

Can permit holders who are neither students nor employees carry at Minnesota Public Colleges and Universities?  --  Yes!

Some opinions regarding how useful the various "move & shoot" competitions (USPSA, IDPA, 3-Gun, etc.) are as "self-defense training":

Side Guard Holsters - A local manufacturer of exceptionally well made, affordable holsters.

Recommended Books, specific to carrying a firearm in Minnesota:

Direct links to relevant Minnesota Statutes:

  • 624.714 - The "Carry Law"
  • 609.06 - Authorized Use of Force
  • 609.065 - Justifiable Taking of a Life
  • 609.224 - Assault in the Fifth Degree
  • 609.66 - Dangerous Weapons
  • 609.666 - Negligent Storage of Firearms
  • 624.7181- Rifles and Shotguns in Public Places
    • Please Note:  While this statute clearly states that it is legal for anyone with a valid permit (under statute 624.714) to carry a loaded long gun, the actual carry statute refers only to "pistols", i.e. handguns.  To our knowledge this apparent conflict has not yet been tested in the Minnesota courts and there is no way of knowing how a judge will rule when a test case is eventually brought.  The advice of Long Shot Training is to only carry a handgun, and to transport (i.e. unloaded, fully enclosed & in the trunk, cargo area or as far back as possible in a pick up) a long gun unless (1) you are willing to be a test case and can handle the potential costs and consequences that entails, or (2) if you are hunting and following the rules set out in the then-current DNR regulations.

Full text of Wisconsin's Carry Permit Law

Wisconsin Carry Permit FAQ - link to the official FAQ on the WI Department of Justice web site