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Here in VA it's required unless you are current or former military.
 

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In Texas, yes.
 
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In MN - yes.

A permit-to-carry also doubles as a Permit-to-purchase, which is valid for 5 years and lets you buy any number of firearms. MN is a open carry state.
 

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It depends on the state.

Some require a formal state sponsored class finishing in firing a qualification course mandated by said state.

States such as Florida accept a number of different "types of documents" as proof of training.

Such as, a copy of a military veteran's DD-214 is proof enough they have had firearms training.
 

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No stinking classes in Alabama.
 
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I didn’t have to take one when I lived in PA and none required when I moved to Bama. Haven’t done anything stupid with a firearm in the 50 years of owning one and I don’t intend to – knock wood.
 

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In Colorado, yes. 10 hours classroom + 200 rounds fired.
 

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Ohio 12 hours including range. I think it's a good idea. And even more - get some SD training. As far as I'm concerned, a CHL without training is like putting a 14 year old in the seat of a semi and telling him/her to drive from NY to LA. Well, maybe not quite that serious, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't get more training than a simple, basic 12 hour class. Not to mention a disservice to those around you.
 
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Michigan, Yes
 

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no classes when I lived in Washington State but classes here in Texas.
 

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While I cannot get approval to exercise my constitutional rights in the Socialist State of Illinois, I did attend a class that was about 5-6 hours for my UT permit. We also did a perfunctory live fire exercise to qualify for the FL permit.
 

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I didn’t have to take one when I lived in PA and none required when I moved to Bama. Haven’t done anything stupid with a firearm in the 50 years of owning one and I don’t intend to – knock wood.
Still no need in PA. If you've got $20 cash, a clean background, and haven't been commited (voluntarily or otherwise), we trust you to carry a firearm. It's handled by the County Sheriffs Department in everywhere except the City of Philadelphia, which is considered a 'City of the First-Class' due to it's population. The Philadelphia Police control the distribution of permits.

http://www.sheriffalleghenycounty.com/firearms.html
 

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Have both Minnesota and North Dakota & yes, both require classroom as well as active range qual.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone . Taking a class is the way i understood it to be here in Texas but lately i had been hearing some talk and getting their CHLs' as tho all they did was fill out paperwork and send it in through the local DPS office after finger printing was completed and i just didn't think that was right so thought i'd verify that here with al that have done so and have a CHL .

Did any of you get your CHL without first getting in range time ? Meaning did you just go straight to a class and shoot for the first time then get your CHLs' ?? I have seen some TV shows where that was exactly what some did . They came from all over the USA to Texas and took a class and got their CHL . However i don't know how they did that unless they took the class here , got their paperwork and took it back to the state they lived in and finished their processing .
 

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Absolutely not.
Requiring a class before being granted a license to keep or bear arms constitutes infringement.
It would violate both the Constitution of my state (Washington) and the US Constitution.

The only citizens that might not be granted a license (called a CPL here) are violent criminals, felons, drug addicts, or the mentally disturbed.
 

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In CT it is an 8 hour NRA class which includes firing a whopping 6 rounds from a .22lr revolver. Not what I call adequate training but hey, the paperwork after the NRA class costs about $250 and an average of 12 weeks (despite the statutory time limit of 8 weeks) with a mandatory trip to local PD and state licensing bureau. In my class 6 years ago, at least 50% of the people had never held a gun before taking the class. Scary.
 
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