Northcoast Firearms Training

Frequently Asked Questions

I need to talk to a lawyer about a gun issue. Where do I turn?
How do I apply for a concealed handgun license (CHL) in Ohio?
Do all courses offered by Northcoast Firearms Training meet the requirements for an Ohio CHL?
How long is training valid for applying for an Ohio CHL?
How do I renew my concealed handgun license?
What places are off limits to concealed carry?
Can I carry my concealed handgun in other states?
What should I do if stopped by a law enforcement officer?
What are the rules for a handgun in a motor vehicle?
What are the pre-requisites for becoming a certified NRA instructor?
What is the policy on class deposits?

 

I need to talk to a lawyer about a gun issue. Where do I turn?

There are several sources out there to help you find an attorney who knows gun issues. You can call the NRA, visit the Ohioans For Concealed Carry Attorney Directory, or do a web search. Personally, when I have a question, I call my friend Attorney Derek DeBrosse.


How do I apply for a concealed handgun license (CHL) in Ohio?

You must apply to the sheriff of your county of residence or in an adjacent county. You must have taken a 12-hour training course, submit an application, be fingerprinted, pay the application fee, submit a recent photograph, and pass a background check. You should visit the website of the sheriff where you're planning to apply for more information.


Do all courses offered by Northcoast Firearms Training meet the requirements for an Ohio CHL?

No. Certain courses do not meet the requirements specified by Ohio law. Only the Ohio Concealed Carry Course and the Recertification course meet those requirements.


How long is training valid for applying for an Ohio CHL?

You must apply for your Ohio concealed handgun license within three years of receiving certification.


How do I renew my concealed handgun license?

For your first renewal, simply show your current or expired concealed handgun license. For each subsequent renewal, you must submit proof of range competency recertification.


What places are off limits to concealed carry?


Can I carry my concealed handgun in other states?

If that state recognizes Ohio's Concealed Handgun License or has a reciprocity agreement with Ohio. For current reciprocity agreements, please visit the Ohio Attorney General's website.


What should I do if stopped by a law enforcement officer?

If you are stopped by any law enforcement officer for a law enforcement purpose you must promptly inform the officer that you are carrying a concealed handgun. In addition, you must not grasp or attempt to grasp your firearm unless instructed to do so and keep your hands in plain sight. If you are in a motor vehicle, you must remain in the motor vehicle unless instructed to exit by the officer.


What are the rules for a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle?

Only a person with a concealed handgun license can have a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle, and it must be transported in one of the following ways:


What are the pre-requisites for becoming a certified NRA instructor?

The NRA requires that "candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline they wish to be certified." This means extensive knowledge of firearms and firearm safety through previous firearm training or from shooting experience.

This doesn't mean going to the range a few times a year, taking a ccw course, and assuming you're qualified to be an instructor! Generally, you should have received high level professional training or coaching from the NRA, military, law enforcement, competition experience (like IPSC or IDPA), etc. You can't teach what you don't know!

Here are some examples of skills you should have mastered before applying to be a NRA instructor:

In addition, it is recommended that you have completed the NRA Basic Pistol course, have a concealed handgun license, and be a member of the NRA.

What is the policy on class deposits?

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