03/27/15 3:37 p.m.
A new state law that took effect Wednesday made a number of changes to Ohio gun laws. The biggest changes deal with carry concealed licenses and the requirements to get them.
Audio: Mike Heldman
Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman said one of the biggest changes and concerns is the decrease in training hours from 12 to eight. He said that even officers who handle weapons daily still have misfires and injuries. Cutting down training time for non-law enforcement increases that risk of injury.
Additionally, those who move to Ohio who come from a state with reciprocity (38 total) may apply for an Ohio license without retaking a class, which also goes for those who live out-of-state but work in Ohio.
- Hunters allowed to use suppressors/silencers on guns
- Ohioans may buy rifles, shotguns and ammunition from any state
- New CCW application (many still have old applications)
- Ohio residents may apply for CCW licenses in neighboring counties to their county of residence
- Required class time for CCW training (now six hours) can be done online
- Background checks will include the NICS database for CCW licenses (in addition to existing two databases)
- Minor misdemeanor drug convictions no longer mean refusal for CCW licenses
- Those with a domestic violence charge who plead down to a lesser conviction, such as disorderly conduct, may be granted a CCW license