during the class, the instructor said "if you print, you are not concealed carrying." ...But his emphasis was to frown on OC'ing due to the potential for a BG to target an OC'er first. For all intents and purposes, printing is as bad as OC'ing (according to instructor). Thoughts, anyone?
Where did you take your course and what was the instructor's name?
People are entitled to their opinion, but they must be correct in their statements. Whether the instructor takes the time to lay out the pros and cons of CC versus OC is not dire in my opinion. I think it would be responsible to state that concealing your firearm is not necessary in the State of Utah, but due to the fact that many people do not understand the laws, you may get into trouble.
For him to state that printing is as bad as OCing implies that both are negative, which is just incorrect. If your goal is to keep your carry status secret from everyone, then sure, he is correct. But just because you are getting your concealed carry permit does not automatically mean that "concealed carry" is your primary reason for doing so. Perhaps you want to travel with a firearm, eliminate the Brady Fee, be able to OC with a fully loaded firearm or just carry on campus.
It seems to me that some instructors out there may be doing some harm when they preach their opinions as fact. While this is fine at the dinner table or at cocktail parties, it should not be done in an official instructor role when molding new students.
I, as well as many here, would be happy to inform this instructor and ask them a few questions to elicit reasons for certain statements. Finally, it's always appropriate to hand out UCC cards to people and have them join up here. This resource is far better than what you can garner in 4 hours at a CC class.
Thanks for posting your experience.