LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nearly 40 gun instructors traveled to the capital city Wednesday afternoon to take a shot at the state’s first enhanced carry test.
If they pass the 50-question exam, they can offer the new training course to other concealed carry holders.
The enhancement on their license will allow them to carry a gun in places like public colleges and sporting events, even the state capitol.
“We’re going in to the test mostly blind,” said Nathan House, a CHCL instructor for the past seven years and the owner of Arkansas Armory in Sherwood. “We don’t know if it’s going to be a real general kind of a test. We’ve been joking we don’t know if it’s going to be them grade it right then and tell us or we have to pass our test to our neighbors. We don’t have a clue. You kind of have to be prepared for everything.”
A lot of unanswered questions remained as House walked in to Arkansas State Police headquarters for the 1:30 p.m. test.
The first to walk back out was an instructor for more than two decades who drove more than two hours to get there.
“I think I probably passed it,” said Carl Burdine, a CHCL instructor from Magnolia. “A lot of it was general, but there were some very specific questions. I wanted to see what it was like and if I failed it, I would know more or less what to look for.”
Instructors must score at least 80 percent on the exam. If they don’t pass, they are able to retake it within the six-month deadline.