Ohio Concealed Carry Training

Why Choose Armed2Defend?

We have trained far more students than anyone else.

We’ve used all that experience to fine tune the CCW course to make it as enjoyable, meaningful and useful as possible!

Our students love us!

You’ll find overwhelming evidence on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angies List and Yellow Pages. 

We truely are the top rated concealed carry trainer in Ohio.

 

 

It’s not required that training includes a legal section but we believe it’s one of the most important parts! We go the extra step to bring in an attorney who explains Ohio firearm and self-defense laws in a fun and easy to understand way.

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

We are proud to have earned the Angies List Super Service award 6 years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.

We have a large team of instructors at each 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.

 

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.

 

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 class you will be ready to get your concealed carry license.

Certificate of Competency

Passport Style Photo (2x2 photo)

Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

Armed2Defend Folder to Keep it All Safe and Organized

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!

We are one of the only classes in the Columbus Ohio area with an attorney taught legal presentation!

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!

 

Attorney Taught 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.

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 class you will be ready to get your concealed carry license.

Certificate of Competency

Passport Style Photo (2x2 photo)

Ohio Concealed Handgun (CCW) License Application

Link to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws Manual

Armed2Defend Folder to Keep it All Safe and Organized

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

Attorney Taught Legal Presenation

Got Legal Questions? We Cover That!

We are one of the only classes in the Columbus Ohio area with an attorney taught legal presentation!

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!.

How to Become a Concealed Carrier in Ohio

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

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

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

Get Your License and Carry Often!

Course Details

Course Fee:

$90 and it includes everything that you need for the training except for food and drinks. You can bring your own pistol and 50 rounds 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 it 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).
  • Any class fees that you owe. You can pay in cash or credit/debit card.
  • What you want to do about lunch. You can pack food, snacks and drinks or buy it at the class. Pizza lunch buffet is $6 and drinks are $1.
  • 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.

Here are the OPTIONAL items to bring:

  • Pen and paper for notes.
  • Your unloaded handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition (or you can use our 22 lr at no cost). Please be sure your gun is unloaded and secured in a box, bag, or case.
  • Eye and ear protection or you can borrow ours at no cost.
  • Targets if you can print 10 copies or so. If not, we’ll have them for you. These are on standard paper. Right handed target, Left handed target.

Course Location:

Our classes are within 20 minutes of downtown Columbus Ohio. The classroom portion is located at the historic Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis Ohio. Our private covered shooting range is 4 minutes away in Canal Winchester Ohio. We will give you an an easy to follow map to the range at the class. Class address is given when you’re registering for a class date. 

Prerequisite:

As long as you are 18 or older and you’re not on firearm disability, then you are perfect for our class. Class is appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced shooters. After the class, you have up to 3 years to apply for your CCW license. After the training, you will have to pass a background check through the Sheriff’s office in order to get the conceal carry license. 

Course Length:

Our concealed carry class is always 9am-5:30pm, regardless of which day you register for. The Ohio concealed carry training requirement is 6 hours of classroom and 2 hours of range time and our class is designed to meet these requirements in one day.

Food and Drinks:

You will not be able to leave the class to go out for lunch. Please either pack you own lunch/drinks/snacks or plan to purchase in class. For convenience we have a Donato’s Pizza Buffet option for $6, sodas/water for $1 each, and various candy bars and chips for $1. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. We don’t mind if you are eating/drinking during class. (We have a microwave you can use but we do not have a fridge.)

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. You’ll have to supply a minimum of 50 rounds of ammo for the training. 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. 

Legal Presenation:

Our class is different from many other classes because we include an hour legal presentation by an attorney who specializes in Ohio firearm laws. Our expert attorney typically gives a live legal presentation. However, there are some classes where he’s unavailable and we have to show a video recording of one of his previous presentations. All Armed2Defend graduates are always welcome to come back to future classes for free legal updates. 

Concealed Carry Training FAQs

1. Where are the Classes Held?

The classroom portion is held at Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis (in the central Ohio area just outside of Columbus). Our large, covered range is on private property in Canal Winchester and is only used for Armed2Defend training courses. The range is 4 minutes from the library..

We will be in the classroom from 9am until around 3:10pm and then we will head 4 minutes down the road to our private range to complete the 2 hours of range time from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm. (Ohio requires you to complete 6 hours of classroom time and 2 hours of range time. Our class is designed to meet this requirement.)

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. 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.

5. Can I Just Pay the $90 Class Fee on the Day of the Class?

We require a $10 non refundable deposit be paid at the time of registration.

You can select to

A.) Just pay the $10 deposit to register and then pay the remaining $80 at the door on the day of class.

B.) Pay the entire $90 upfront and we will pay $10 to buy you a free 1 year NRA Associate membership. (A special form will be in your folder we have ready for you at check-in.)

* Please note that option B includes your $10 non refundable deposit. If you choose this option and end up not being able to make it to class, you forfeit the $10 portion of your $90 payment but the remaining $80 can be applied to a future class date.

6. 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 certificate of completion from our class 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.

The $90 you pay Armed2Defend covers the cost of training. 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 so 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 licnese. 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!)

7. 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!)

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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

Upcoming Dates

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Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
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Actual Testimonials

Sabrina Seals
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Marc M.
23:14 20 Apr 19
great class for a great price range time was good as well
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Buckeye P.
20:23 14 Apr 19
I highly recommend this business if you are searching for a great place that takes the time to help you with learning how to do it accurately .
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Tim G.
23:56 12 Apr 19
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Ken P.
22:08 12 Apr 19
Great guys very professional.
Mike Yonnotti
Mike Y.
19:23 12 Apr 19
Comprehensive and personal attention. Everything a course like this should be.
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13:35 12 Apr 19
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00:59 10 Apr 19
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Chelsea Ray
Chelsea R.
01:06 07 Apr 19
Great experience, wonderful staff , clean and well organized business.. I enjoyed my experience today .... very informative and hands on at the shooting range... everyone was awesome 👏🏽 well done !!! 10 STARS ⭐️
Felicia Levy
Felicia L.
23:06 06 Apr 19
This place is amazing! the instructors worked hands on with everyone though the whole training class. I was scared at first but they made me feel so confident in the training it was a great experience. I would give this place a 10 star if I could! Great job
Remington Robey
Remington R.
15:49 05 Apr 19
Armed2Defend was great. Their classes were interactive and kept me engaged. I look forward to taking more classes with them in the future.

We are family owned and operated.

You’ll quickly see that our business is more than a business to us. We have a passion to provide meaningful training.

Our instructors are amazing. They will make sure you learn the knowledge, skills and attitude that set the foundation for being a responsibly armed citizen! 

We hope to meet you in a class soon!