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The written test for the Permit to Carry


To determine a passing grade, consider the following example:

If you could be attacked five times during your lifetime, four times you are able to accurately place your shots to survive, but one time you donít, would the score of 80% pass or fail?  What if your one failure comes at the first attack?


1. A weapon should be considered loaded at all times. Which safety rules should you always follow?

a. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

b. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard.

c. Check to verify the loaded or unloaded condition of the firearm.

d. All of the above.


2. What safe gun handling etiquette should you practice?

a. It is OK to point a gun at someone as long as it is unloaded.

b. A semi auto pistol is unloaded if the magazine is removed.

c. It is OK to dry fire at a window.

d. None of the above.


3. Which of the following violates rule #5: Maintain control of the weapon.

a. An unloaded gun with a trigger lock in a locked safe.

b. A loaded handgun in a touch pad quick access safe.

c. A loaded handgun in a secure holster worn by a permit holder.

d. A loaded gun under the seat of a car parked on the street.


4. Which of the following is important to accurate handgun use?

a. A high, firm, consistent grip.

b. Proper sight alignment and sight picture.

c. Trigger control and follow through.

d. All of the above.


5. Which one of the following best describes proper handgun maintenance?

a. Field stripping should be done before skinny-dipping.

b. Clean a firearm only after you shoot it.

c. Spray it inside and out with WD-40.

d. Inspect each part for wear as you clean your gun.


6. In which of the following situations is a person prohibited from carry?

a. A felon or a person convicted of a violent crime.

b. Federal buildings, capitol area, courthouses, school buildings and activities.

c. Private business establishments that post "guns banned" signs.

d. All of the above.


7. Which of the following situations are OK for handgun carry?

a. When just under the blood alcohol level legal to drive.

b. When taking over the counter or prescription drugs that impair.

c. When fatigued, emotionally upset, or distracted.

d. None of the above.


8. In which environment should you use situational awareness?

a. On the street.

b. In the parking lot.

c. In your driveway.

d. Everywhere all the time.


9. Which of the following allows you to draw and shoot?

a. When someone really pisses you off.

b. When someone enters your home unannounced.

c. Outside the house if you then drag them inside.

d. None of the above.


10. If you shoot someone, which of the following might you expect?

a. To withhold any statements without your attorney present.

b. To undergo a criminal investigation and/or costly trial.

c. To be the defendant in a ruinous civil suit.

d. All of the above, but you will be alive.


11. After you get the permit to carry, you should do which of the following?

a. Buy everyone a drink at the bar to celebrate.

b. Carry a big gun openly to scare the bad guys away.

c. Only carry when you know for certain you will be mugged.

d. Keep your handgun concealed at all times and tell no one.


12. Which statement best describes criminal and predator behavior?

a. They won't hurt you if you don't give them a reason to.

b. When guns are banned for the law abiding, they will turn theirs in.

c. They come to this class to get their permits, just like you do.

d. None of the above.


13. Which situation do you think would favor an attacker?

a. Low light.

b. Surprise.

c. An unaware or easy victim.

d. All of the above.


14. To avoid becoming a victim, which of the following should you do?

a. Hold your head up and walk with a purposeful stride.

b. Wear hardy shoes and keep your hands free.

c. Make occasional scans to the sides and rear.

d. All of the above.


15. Which of the following may be signs that you are being targeted?

a. Someone behind changes direction or speed when you do.

b. You see people signaling each other or positioning to block you.

c. Someone tries to approach with a question, slur, or affront.

d. All of the above.


16. If you are attacked, which of the following should you do?

a. Submit.

b. Beg for mercy.

c. Pretend it's not happening.

d. Fight Back.


17. Which of the following would be the most effective to defend yourself?

a. 44 Magnum

b. 9 MM

c. 22 Long Rifle

d. Good shot placement.


18. To stop an attacker, where would you shoot first?

a. In the air as a warning.

b. The kneecap.

c. His hand holding his gun.

d. Center of Mass


19. When the shooting starts, you should do which of the following?

a. Get into a weaver stance.

b. Go for a head shot.

c. Fire as fast as possible in the direction of the assailant.

d. Seek cover.


20. Which of the following will help you improve your handgun skills?

a. Practicing the grip, the draw, and sighted dry fire with snap caps.

b. Practicing at the range once every month or as often as possible.

c. Using the same bullet weight and power as your carry loads.

d. All of the above.


Key: all answers = d.  Note:  If you see this test before you take the class, don't mention it.

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