She'll get there. The only thing that seems to be an obstacle is the lack of armament which means she can't go to a crime scene alone, she always has to be accompanied by another CSI. In sixth season thus far we really have only had one incident where she may have made a mistake was in "Inside Out" where she kind of let her professionalism down with the Ryan and the motorcyle keys incident. It seems she is moving along just as she should. There hasn't been too much on her firearms training so we just don't know where she stands with respect to that. I don't doubt that she'll get her carry permit, eventually. The CSIs typically are not the ones who do the ass-kicking. Their job is come in later, gather evidence, evaluate and analyze the crime scene, and later analyze the evidence. The ass kickers are usually the patrol officers or the tactical SWAT teams. I think we'll see two things. First-Natalia will handle a case solo. She will do everything on scene and handle much of the analysis when the evidence is returned to the lab. She'll leave the ballistics to Calleigh and the hard fingerprint stuff to Eric. Beyond that she will be on her own. It will be a difficult case either for its brutality, gruesomeness, or because it rattles her emotionally. For example-how about a woman beaten to death by her husband. It's possible this could bring back memories of her life with Nick, causing nightmares or other types of anxiety. Second-I also think she'll be involved in firefight of some sort a short time after she gets her gun permit, and she will be put into a kill-or-be-killed situation. It's also possible that the life of one of the other CSIs may be in jeopardy and she has to act. Either way her actions are going to be put under review by the department brass and IAD. It could make for an interesting episode for sure.