Do you think that folks need to be certified in the proper use of language before exercising their 1st Amendment rights outside the house also? What about certification on the 4th amendment? No other 'right' requires training, why should this one? Once more onerous standards are set, it is easy enough to increase them until only those that the government specifically wants to have weapons are able to clear the hurdles. Then they effectively turned a right into a privilege (as some states have already done). Less government intrusion is a good thing. Regarding Hunter education, The Texas class has very little about marksmanship, gun handling and more about ethics, game management, laws and safety. You don't even touch a firearm during the class. So in that regards, you can be certified in Texas having never touched a firearm in your entire life. .