In theory I'm ok w/ that, but it's a fine line. For example, LA recently passed legislation allowing ccw holders to legally carry in churches, as long as they have successfully completed additional training; but at last check, I don't think anyone ever defined what additional training consists of.
This is correct. LSP's position is -- the law does not require, nor authorize, LSP to define the training requirements.
I only know of a few churches that have set up "security teams" that take the additional training. Two of those guys (from the same church) were in a two-day class that I took with Tom Givens in Baton Rouge last weekend (Rangemaster's Dynamic Marksmanship
Shooting a handgun at the range is one thing. And very few folks that I see can do this well (I shoot a few thousand rounds/month, plus teach CCW classes -- so I see a lot of folks shooting at the range). But defending ourselves (i.e. "fighting) with a handgun, under stress, is a significantly different challenge.
I'm fine with people having guns in their homes, and don't really care what training they have had -- although I would hope that they have reasonable gun-handling skills. But when people start carrying I public, where I and my family may also be walking around, they need a higher level of skill. They have a moral and a legal obligation to do so.
If anyone doubts the "legal obligation," call and chat with the EBR District Attorney, Hillar Moore. Hillar will tell you right up front that you're gonna be held to a "higher standard
" (his words) if you carry in public. He hasn't, to my knowledge, publicly defined that standard -- but I don't want to find out after-the-fact that he has told a grand jury that my level of training & preparation sucks.
Good training is relatively expensive. But so are attorneys -- if we find ourselves in criminal court or in civil court. And so are funeral expenses (if our family has to make those arrangements for us because we came in second place in a gun fight).
Buying a gun is "step one." Becoming proficient with it is a long, and generally unending, process. The good news is that most of us enjoy shooting handguns. So the training stuff is fun. And training gives you a chance to find out if your gun//holster//mag pouch//cover garment//etc. really works under stress.
I'm no expert -- these are just my "interwebz opinions."