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Unformatted text preview: racter.” New Jersey requires that three “reputable persons” who have known the
applicant for at least three years certify that the applicant is of “good moral character and
behavior.” Delaware also requires that the applicant include with his or her application a
certificate signed by five “respectable citizens” of the county in which the applicant
resides, stating that the applicant is of good moral character, has a reputation for peace
and good order, and that possession of a concealed deadly weapon by the applicant is
necessary for the protection of the applicant or the applicant’s property.
States Requiring Applicants to Demonstrate Knowledge of Firearm Use and/or
Safety: Among “may issue” states, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa,
Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island require applicants to complete a firearm
safety course, or otherwise demonstrate their qualification to use a firearm safely.
Delaware’s firearm safety training requirement, which applies to the applicant’s initial
license only, is particularly strong, specifying that the training course must include
• Knowledge and safe handling of firearms and ammunition;
Safe storage of firearms and ammunition and child safety;
Safe firearms shooting fundamentals; 210 © Legal Community Against Violence 2008 •
• Federal and state laws pertaining to the lawful purchase, ownership,
transportation, use and possession of firearms;
State laws pertaining to the use of deadly force for self defense; and
Techniques for avoiding a criminal attack and how to manage a violent
confrontation, including conflict resolution. Delaware also requires that the training include live fire shooting exercises on a range,
including the expenditure of a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition, and identification
of ways to develop and maintain firearm shooting skills.
Rhode Island requires applicants to obtain a certification that they are qualified to use a
handgun of a caliber equal to or larger than the...
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