Weld County Sheriff’s Office warns residents about CCW fraud
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about fraud involving conceal carry weapon certification classes.
A couple recently came to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office to take advantage of the reduced fees for a concealed handgun permit. The couple conducted their CCW class certification online and were disappointed to learn, after spending several hundred dollars, that it wasn’t valid in the state of Colorado.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind residents that there are all kinds of con artists out there, even those focused on scamming people out of money with fraudulent CCW certification classes. Always research and fully vet a company before handing over your money for CCW certification.
Here are some additional tips to protect yourself:
• Colorado law requires at least a portion of a CCW class to be taught in person, even during a pandemic. State residents cannot participate in a CCW class that is taught entirely online.
• Be wary of companies offering free CCW certification.
• Be wary of companies advertising quick and easy certification, such as reading one article and taking a 10-question quiz. Obtaining your CCW class certification isn’t hard, but it isn’t that easy either.
• Legitimate CCW classes on average encompass 4-6 hours of education, which could be made up entirely of classroom instruction or a mix of classroom instruction and range time.
• Be wary of companies saying you can print your own CCW class certificate at home. Reputable companies offer certificates that feature some type of embossing or a watermark. Certificates also aren’t valid unless they are signed by the class instructor.
• You cannot take one test and be certified to carry in all 50 states. Anyone who claims they can certify you in every state with one test probably isn’t telling you the truth.
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