IMHO I think a two tiered license is a bad idea. One license is okay to defend yourself in a crowd of people outside or at the local Wally mart, but you need a separate license to do the same thing in a church or other area?
Arkansas recently became the first state to require active shooter training for a gun permit.
The state began issuing "enhanced concealed carry" permits earlier this year. The law creating the new permits, which passed last spring, allows enhanced carriers to bring guns into what the state calls "sensitive places," including public university campuses, bars, churches and the state Capitol.
To get the new permit, applicants have to pass a live-fire exam and take a course that covers what to do in an active shooting. That's on top of the five hours of training required for a basic concealed-carry permit in Arkansas.
The first step of the permit process is two hours at the shooting range. Applicants have to hit a static paper target — a bull's-eye superimposed on a silhouette of a human torso — 70 percent of the time. If they pass, they move on to a six-hour classroom session.
Sadly there are still many churches that haven't learned a thing from past church or other mass shootings. A mass murderer doesn't carry how you feel about guns or defending yourself, except that being unarmed makes what they do easier.
In addition, I believe a person is capable of seeing opportunities for love and to build community and still carry a firearm, still able to be able to recognize danger when and if it exists. It is generally anti gunners that confuse being prepared with paranoia, not most concealed carriers.
Some "sensitive places" that aren't publicly owned — like bars and churches — can opt out of the new law and ban firearms. First United Methodist Church in Little Rock has done just that. David Freeman, the senior pastor, says the self-defense mindset of concealed carry just doesn't align with the church's values.
"It keeps us guarded and focused on fear and focused on 'what are dangers out there?' " he says, "rather than seeing the world through, 'What are the opportunities for love and to build community?' "