Veteran Ohio Concealed Carry Training Offered

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Marion County Veteran Services and Stephen Chaney VFW Post 7201 will be hosting an informational meeting discussing the new parts of Ohio’s concealed handgun license law pertaining to veterans.

On November 5th, 2018 Ohio’s concealed carry law changed and now waives the concealed carry permit fee for active duty military, retired, and honorably discharged veterans. The law also allows a veteran applying for a concealed handgun license, who has retired from or has been honorably discharged from military service in the active or reserve armed forces of the U.S., to be exempt from the additional firearms training requirements of the concealed carry law, regardless of the date of their retirement or honorable discharge. Under the new law, no additional training is required for persons who are retired from military service or honorably discharged so long as the applicant provides the applicant's firearms competency certification.

Veterans applying for their concealed handgun license under the new law are still required to understand and follow all of the other parts of the existing concealed carry law. This training is to inform veterans about the application process and to go over other topics that would have been covered in a competency class. Topics that will be covered at the training will include: criminal backgrounds, the application process, law enforcement contact while carrying concealed, forbidden carry zones, use of force, self-defense and the Castle Doctrine. 

The training will take place on Saturday November 17th, 2018 from 8am to 10am at the Stephen Chaney VFW Post 7201 at 1614 Marion Marysville Road (State Route 4 south).The training is free and open to all veterans. Questions about the training can be directed to Major Jeff Cline at (740)382-8244 ext. 5123.

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