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Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Class – Get the CCW License

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Why Choose Armed2Defend?

No Other Trainer Can Compare!

You won’t find better training! We have trained far more students than anyone else.

We’ve used all that experience to fine tune our classes and make them the best!

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You’ll find overwhelming evidence on Google, Facebook, Yelp and Angie’s List.

We truly are the best rated concealed carry (CCW) trainer in Ohio.

 

 

We have a large team of instructors at every class. Our low student to instructor ratios on the range mean plenty of individual attention for you. And you get different view-points from different instructors throughout the day.

 

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We have a passion for providing not only great instruction, but also exceptional customer service.

We are proud to have earned the Angie’s List Super Service award every year 2013-2019.

Do You Want a Fun and Engaging CCW Class?

We will teach you in a fun interactive way to ensure that you learn the safe gun handling and usage skills needed for a concealed carrier.

Do You Need a Beginner Firearms Class?

We will train you at your level. The classroom portion starts at the beginner level and progresses from there. At the range, you get to pick your level of training, beginner or intermediate.

See Updates From Our Recent CCW Classes!

Not sure what to expect, take a look at pictures and details from our recent Ohio CCW classes by clicking here.

 

Fun and Engaging Conceal Carry Training

Everything You Need To Get Your CCW License!

Get Everything That You Need!

We are the only trainers who make the whole process simple. By the end of the CCW class, you will be ready to get your concealed carry (CCW) license.

Certificate of Competency

Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

You are set to get your CCW license! We have thought through all the detail to make it simple for you.

Got Legal Questions? We Cover That!

One of our modules focuses on Ohio’s firearm, concealed carry, and self-defense laws based on the Ohio Attorney General’s Law Summary and other legal resources!

Where Can I Legally Conceal Carry?

What if I Get Pulled Over and I Have My Loaded Gun?

When Can I Use My Gun to Legally Defend Myself?

Want to stay up to date on the firearm and self-defense laws? We allow our graduates to always come back to get free legal updates!

 

Ohio CCW Legal Presenation

Fun and Engaging Conceal Carry Training

Do You Want a Fun and Engaging CCW Class?

We will teach you in a fun interactive way to ensure that you learn the safe gun handling and usage skills needed for a concealed carrier.

Do You Need a Beginner Firearms Class?

We will train you at your level. The classroom portion starts at the beginner level and progresses from there. At the range, you get to pick your level of training, beginner or intermediate.

See Updates From Our Recent CCW Classes!

Not sure what to expect, take a look at pictures and details from our recent Ohio CCW classes by clicking here.

Everything You Need To Get Your CCW License!

Get Everything That You Need!

We are the only trainers who make the whole process simple. By the end of the CCW class, you will be ready to get your concealed carry (CCW) license.

Certificate of Competency

Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

You are set to get your CCW license! We have thought through all the detail to make it simple for you.

How to Become a Concealed Carrier in Ohio

Verify Eligibility for License With Your County’s Sheriff’s Office. See FAQ #3 Below.

Step 2

Take Armed2Defend’s Award Winning CCW Training and Earn Your Certificate of Competency

*If you  have military experience, see FAQ #4

Step 3

Within 3 Years of Taking the Class, Schedule an Appointment With the Sheriff’s Office and Apply for Your License.

Step 4

Get Your License and Carry Often!

Click here to see the steps for applying for your CHL (CCW) after the training. 

Hybrid – Ohio CCW Class Details

Course Fee:

The Hybrid (Zoom based) Class is $90 – Includes everything you need for the training. 

You can bring your own pistol and 50 rounds (bullets) of ammo for the training or we’ll provide a 22 lr pistol and ammo for the training.  (There are NO additional range fees, gun rental fees, 22 lr ammo fees, or range safety equipment fees.)

What to Bring:

We keep the CCW class as simple as possible.

Here is what you NEED to bring:

  • Your photo ID (driver’s license, passport or another form of government photo ID).
  • Dress for the weather. Our covered open range has heaters and fans, but it is still outdoor air. Avoid open toed shoes and loose shirts that might catch casings and burn.
  • Face Mask: Due to COVID-19 health orders, all participants and instructors will be required to wear a facemask at all Armed2Defend in person classes.

Here are the OPTIONAL items to bring:

  • Your unloaded handgun and 50 rounds (bullets) of ammunition (or you can use our 22 lr at no cost). Please be sure your gun and magazines are unloaded and secured in a box, bag, or case.
  • Eye and ear protection or you can borrow ours at no cost.
  • You can purchase optional items to pick up at the range in our store: https://shop.armed2defend.com/

CCW Course Range Location:

Our CCW class shooting range is within 20 minutes of downtown Columbus Ohio in Canal Winchester. We will give you the address to our private covered shooting range after you registering for a range training date. It is on private property so please no visiting outside of your scheduled range training time.

Prerequisite:

As long as you are 18 or older and you’re not on firearm disability, then you are perfect for our class. This CCW class is appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced shooters.

After the class, you have up to 3 years to apply for your CHL (CCW) license. The Sheriff’s office will run a background check when you apply for the concealed carry (CCW) license after the training. Please verify any criminal backgroud issues that might disqualify you from getting the concealed carry license with the sheriff’s office before signing up for a class. 

Course Length:

The Ohio CCW training requirement is 8-hours which is broken up into 6-hours of classroom and 2-hours of range time.

This course is broken up into four modules that are 2-hours each. Modules one through three are done online in a live interactive Zoom meeting. The fourth module is completed in-person on our large private covered shooting range. All four modules can be schedule online. There are many dates and times to choose from.

Modules one through three can be completed in any order. Module four must be completed after one-three are completed.

Gun, Ammo, & Safety Equipment:

If you don’t have a handgun then we’ll supply a 22 caliber pistol and ammo for the training. We’ll also have the range safety equipment for your to borrow if needed. We require side shield on glasses.

If you have a handgun then we suggest that you bring it so that we can train you on yours. In that case, you’ll have to supply a minimum of 50 rounds (bullets) of ammo for the training. Please feel free to bring more than 50 rounds in case there is an opportunity to do extra shooting. We do sell ammo for your convenience but you are welcome to bring your own. We do not have restrictions on the type of casing. No AR style pistols can be used on the range.

Ohio CCW Legal Presenation:

Our class is different from many other classes because we include an Ohio legal presentation includng tips on what to do after you act in self-defense. We use the Ohio Attorney Generals “Ohio Concealed Carry Laws” manual and other legal resources for the this class.  

All Armed2Defend graduates are always welcome to come back to future classes for free legal updates.

Concealed Carry (CCW) Training FAQs

1. Where Are the CCW Classes Held?

The first three modules are completed in the comfort of your home in a live interactive Zoom meeting. You’ll be able to participate in discussions and ask questions throughout the class. 

Module four, the range training, is at our large covered range. This range is on private property in Canal Winchester just 20 minutes Southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Our range is only used for Armed2Defend training courses. The exact address will be given in class. Please note, there is absolutely no visiting the range outside of scheduled class time. 

2. Do I Have To Have My Own Gun?

Nope! We have you covered! And we won’t charge you extra to use one of our 22 lr handguns and the 22 lr ammunition for the training.

In fact, if you don’t have your own handgun already, we encourage you to plan to use one of ours and wait until after the class to make a purchase decision. We think you’ll have a better understanding on what will suit you best after taking the training and prevent you from wasting money on something you later realize isn’t a good fit for you.

Now, if you do have your own gun and are hesitating about bringing it or not because you aren’t comfortable with it, I urge you to bring your gun! It’s your chance to get comfortable with it! You don’t have to get a certain score on the shooting portion to pass the class. You must demonstrate safety and competency. So, let us help you with your gun so you leave knowing how to effectively operate what you own.

If you bring it and change your mind at the range, you can always revert to using one of ours but at least your options are open. Many people who don’t bring theirs end up regretting it.

3. I Have __________ On My Record. Am I Still Eligible For The License?

As part of the concealed carry application process, the sheriff’s office will run a background check on you.

There are some things that disqualify a person from being eligible. If there is something you are concerned about, my advice is to contact the sheriff’s office in the county you will be applying (since they all do things differently) and talk to them about it.

You can find a summary of disqualifiers on pages 7-8 of the Ohio Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual.

Passing a concealed carry training course does not mean that you will pass the background check at the Sheriff’s office. Trainers do not run background checks for the training.

4. I Have Military Experience. Do I Have to Take the Training?

In November 2018, a new law took effect that allows active duty military and retired and honorably discharged veterans to apply for the concealed carry license without taking a training course. You can talk to the sheriff’s office directly if you have any questions. Armed2Defend is not involved in the licensing process so any license related questions are best directed to the sheriff’s office where you will be applying.

If you have military experience but are still interested in taking the training for your own benefit, you certainly can. Many do! It’s especially beneficial to learn about the laws regarding self defense and firearms.

The best part is that this new law also incorporates the state waiving the $67 application fee for all former and current military when applying for the license at the sheriff’s office.

 

5. Do I Have To Be 21 To Take The Class?

No, you do not have to be 21 to take the course. Anyone 18 or older can take our training course. However, please understand that you must be 21 to get an Ohio Concealed Carry License.

The sheriff’s office will honor a certificate of completion from a course taken within the last 3 years. Let’s use an example. Suppose Johnny was 20 years old when he took a concealed carry training course on Dec 15, 2018. The sheriff will honor that certificate of completion until Dec 15, 2021 (3 years from the date of completion). So when Johnny turns 21 in November 2019 he will still have plenty of time to use that certificate of completion to apply for the license before it is expired. Johnny could apply for his concealed license on the day of his 21st birthday if he was in a hurry.

Sometimes parents taking the course want their 18, 19 or 20 year old child to go through the course with them to learn about gun safety even though they aren’t old enough to get the license yet. This is a great idea and we encourage it.

*Please note: Anyone under 21 would not be legally able to transport a gun to class. This is no problem at all. They will revert to using one of ours. There are no extra fees for using one of ours. If a friend or family member 21+ is also attending the class that day, they can transport a gun for the underage person.

6. Can I Just Pay the Training Fee On The Day Of The Class?

This course does need to be paid for before the training can start. You can make a payment with a credit or debit card online, mail a check or money order, or deliver a cash payment to our office in Canal Winchester. 

This $90 payment is non-refundable. It can be used for training at any time and you can switch it to a full in person class once they become available.  

 

7. Will I Get My Concealed Carry License The Same Day?

Just like the BMV is the only place that can issue a driver’s license, the sheriff’s office is the only entity that can issue the Ohio concealed carry license.

To get a concealed carry license in Ohio you must take an 8 hour training course. (If you have military experience, you might be able to use that experience in place of training– talk to the sheriff’s office in the county where you will be applying to clarify with them.) Then you take your certificates of completion from your online training and from our range training to the sheriff’s office as proof of completing the training requirement. Most counties require you to set up an appointment.

Think of taking our course like taking a drivers ed course. There is no drivers ed school that can issue drivers licenses. Likewise, there is no concealed carry training courses that can issue an Ohio Concealed Carry License. Your first step will be to complete the training and your second step will be to apply at the sheriff’s office in the county you live in or an adjacent county.

When you apply through the sheriff’s office for the license there will be an additional fee you pay to them. Please contact your local sheriff’s office for any questions you may have about the license process as each county does things differently.  Any information we put here could be different in your county.  

It is a 5 year license and there is no retraining required to renew your Ohio CCW license. You will be able to renew directly with the sheriff’s office without taking additional training. (Although, additional training is always a good idea since shooting is a perishable skill!)

8. Which States Will My License Be Valid In?

The term used to refer to what states honor other states’ licenses is reciprocity. The Ohio concealed carry license is currently honored in 39 states. (This number changes so always be sure to verify reciprocity before traveling with your concealed carry firearm!)

We will cover the current states that the Ohio license covers in the class. The Ohio Attorney General’s site has a clickable map that shows you which states honor the Ohio concealed carry license.

No matter where you take your training, when you get an Ohio Concealed Carry License you get the same license. There are NOT different levels of licenses that include more or less states.

9. I've Never Shot A Gun Before. Is This Class Too Advanced For Me?

Not at all! Our course starts at the beginner level and teaches you everything you need to know. In fact, it’s very typical that half of our class is beginners with little to no experience. You won’t feel intimidated or embarrassed in our welcoming, encouraging environment.

On the range, our instructors will be by your side guiding you step by step. You’ll get plenty of pistol handling experience and knowledge so that you leave feeling comfortable and confident owning and using a pistol.

10. What If I Am Pregnant?

We choose not to train pregnant women on our range because of the potential for hearing damage to the baby and the exposure to toxic substances that are a unavoidable part of shooting.

However, you are welcome to complete the 6 hour classroom portion even while pregnant! It’s actually a great idea to get the 6 hour portion done while pregnant. After delivering the baby, you can come back to complete the 2 hour range portion. Since it is sometimes hard for a mom to be away from a newborn for an extended day, many pregnant women find this to be a convenient option.

*Please note you will not be able to apply for your Ohio Concealed Carry License until after you have completed both the classroom and range time.

*There are no additional fees involved. You would pay the class fee in full for the initial classroom time. You wouldn’t owe anything when you came back to complete the range portion. We keep your paperwork on file so we know exactly what you need to complete when you come back.

11. How Long Is The License Good For? How Do I Renew It?

There are 2 time frames that are easy to confuse:

1.) You have 3 years from the date of completing the course to apply for the license. In other words, the sheriff requires you show proof of completing an approved training course within the last 3 years. Example: if you took the course on March 26, 2016 you would be able to use that certificate of completion to apply for a license until March 26, 2019. After that time frame, if you had not applied for your license you would be back to square one and need to repeat training.

2.) The concealed carry license itself is a 5 year license. When the 5 years are up and it is time to renew, there is no retraining requirement. You will just go through the sheriff’s office to submit an application again. Sometimes they need to see a copy of your original certificate of completion and sometimes they don’t. We offer digital replacement certificates for $10 but you should clarify with the sheriff’s office if they need/want it first.

Steps to Get Started:

Click on each step to complete it.

Purchase the Training Package to save. It will cover the cost of each module just like a gift certificate.

If you pay for each module separately, then the overall cost will be $110 instead of $90 with buying the package.

To meet the Ohio’s training requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic, this course is broken up into four modules that are 2-hours each.

Modules one through three are done online in a live interactive Zoom meeting. The fourth module is completed in-person on our large private covered shooting range in Canal Winchester, OH.

All four modules can be schedule online. Scroll down to see all the upcoming dates and times to choose from.

Modules one through three can be completed in any order. Module four must be completed after modules one through three are completed.

 

Step 1: Buy the Training Package and Save!

Click below to purchase the $90 Ohio concealed carry class training package. It will cover the cost of each module just like a gift certificate. You will need to sign up for each module date and time that fits your schedule after you buy the training package.

This course is guaranteed to meet the Ohio training requirement

Please review the course requirements before purchasing the training package.

 

The package is $90 with no hidden fees

Please Review Course Requirements:

 

The course fee is $90 and is non-refundable. If the online format doesn’t work for you, you can pay the difference to upgrade to the traditional classroom training.

 

This package includes all four modules: three 2-hour online class meetings and one 2-hour in person range training. Each of these four modules will need to be scheduled separately. Think of this package as a gift certificate. You will enter your unique code when registering for the 4 individual modules and it will cover the cost of each module in full.

 

There will be various date and time options to accommodate your schedule. The online classes can be completed in any order. The online classes must be completed before the in-person range training.

 

**The online Zoom meeting requires that you have a camera that allows you to be visible during the class time. You are required to be actively engaged in the training. You can use your smart phone, tablet, or computer with camera and microphone. ***

 

**If you are PREGNANT, you’ll need a doctor’s note to complete the live fire portion. Talk to us about options.

 

**If you had an OHIO LICENSE in the PAST and it EXPIRED, you probably don’t need training. Talk to the sheriff’s office before purchasing. This transaction is non-refundable.

 

**If you are current or former MILITARY, you probably don’t need training. Talk to the sheriff’s office before purchasing. This transaction is non-refundable.

Get the Course Book to Follow Along

Buy the course book to follow along with the class. Get it for only $30 with Free Shipping.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals, Second Edition by Michael Martin

Page number references in presentation correspond to material in this book.

Step 2: Register Your Class Modules

Upcoming Dates Below

Click “Sign Up” on the date and time that you want to complete each module. You can either pay for it separately or “redeem” your training package to cover the cost. Please plan to join the meeting 10-15 minutes early so that we can start on time.

Please note: Modules 1-3 must be completed before Module 4. You can schedule them all now, but just be sure the order is correct.

Modules 1-3 can be done in any order. They do not have to be done consecutively.

The range address for Module 4 is in Canal Winchester and will be given after you sign up. It is on private property and visiting outside of scheduled times are not allowed.

Our Most Recent CCW Student Reviews:

Brian P.
Brian P.
19:10 16 Oct 20
What a great class (CCW training course). Highly recommend.
Victor S.
Victor S.
09:00 11 Oct 20
The class was easy to understand and participate in. With the classes being given over the net, it let people participate more openly and relaxed. With a class that talks about defending oneself and possibly taking another persons life, the trainers presented themselves as people of the community.If you are looking to get CCW license and are looking for that military/ police training experience in your class, then don't take the class from Armed2Defend. Armed2Defend will give you respect and train you as a person. They know that you will be taking a firearm into their community(s), so they will train you to take a firearm into a community, not onto a battlefield. Armed2Defend is the way to go for your CCW training!
Brian C.
Brian C.
01:15 11 Oct 20
Great people with a great perspective providing great training. The course is very educational and presented with a great philosophy of the best gun fight is the one you avoid. I would definitely recommend. Kevin and Alisha were both knowledgeable and tremendous at teaching the material. Thanks!
Isiah C.
Isiah C.
02:35 08 Oct 20
A2D has awesome instructors who take the time to walk you through gun safety/handling and self defense. You’ll enjoy your training! I had a great time.
Cameron O.
Cameron O.
19:09 03 Oct 20
I had a great time and they are very informative with gun safety. 10/10 would recommend to others!
Scott F.
Scott F.
23:22 02 Oct 20
Top notch training by knowledgeable folks
Tom M.
Tom M.
21:04 02 Oct 20
Highly recommended Armed2Defend.
Thomas M.
Thomas M.
20:56 02 Oct 20
Class was awesome, they made sure the zoom style classes were effective, I liked how they kept folks accountable during class. Range day was great and the facility was set up nicely.
Bruce B.
Bruce B.
16:12 02 Oct 20
Excellent experience. I enjoyed the online class modules and the range was absolutely great. As one who hadn't fired a gun for years this was a great experience. After the class I received my concealed carry license within 4 four days. Thanks all!
Joe H.
Joe H.
14:35 02 Oct 20
great place for beginners or experienced shooters, this is the perfect family run business.
troy S.
troy S.
00:39 02 Oct 20
I took this course about 8 years ago.I guess the best information I gained wasabout the law and how it relates to a ccwholder. I’m going to now send my 21 year old daughter through this same course. I would recommend them to anyone looking into ccw.
John S.
John S.
14:56 30 Sep 20
Took course years ago. Was a fantastic course. Very reasonable price. Take the course at armed2Defend. Kevin is very patient and will take his time and give...

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