The Shawano Police Department will be offering a concealed carry weapons for civilians class Saturday, however due to high demand, the class has filled. Another course has been scheduled for March 11.
The class is similar to the concealed carry class offered in the past although slightly modified, which means it’s less costly.
“It’s $15, you’ll get some materials, not as many as we’ve given in the past, but more importantly you’ll get a certificate that will allow you to apply for your CCW [Concealed Carry Weapon] License with the state of Wisconsin,” explained Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl.
Chief Kohl himself will be instructing the course. Those taking the class will have to take and pass an exam, which may cause some to be hesitant, but Chief Kohl explains those second-guessing because of that alone shouldn’t be worried.
“Many of them haven’t taken an exam since high school, but I tell them this, no one has ever failed the exam,” Chief Kohl assured. “I want them to leave the class knowing, not thinking they know, and we review it very well. I’m very positive no one will ever fail that exam when they take that CCW class that we sponsor.”
The exam is required under the Department of Justice’s curriculum because they are the ones that issue out the licenses, but overall the class goes beyond carrying a concealed gun.
“We talk about personal carry, what you should carry, how you should carry it, the pros and cons of each one of those methods,” Chief Kohl went on. “We talk about the Castle Doctrine in your home, your car, some of the new law changes carrying knives and switchblades, and we explain all those things during the class. Generally no one leaves with an unanswered question.”
Chief Kohl says they keep the class to about 30 enrollees, so space is limited. Those interested for the March 11 date are asked to register by calling the Shawano Police Department.