I haven’t written anything since mid-October. I’ve mostly been wrestling with shadows and casting out demons in Ohio. And I’ve been waiting the requisite 45 days of residency to get my Ohio CCW Permit. Today is the day.
Along the way I’ve researched everything Ohio has to say about concealed carry. I’ve memorized all of the places where I can’t carry and managed to get permission to carry in church. I’ve purchased a new IWB holster for my 38 special revolver (If it’s good enough for Charl Van Wyck it’s good enough for me). I still carry the S&W 40, but less so now.
The only real difficulty I found with the application form was the requirement to list all of the residences where I’ve lived since I was 18 years old. That turned out to be 20 places. It was a real memory buster to try to come up with addresses and dates. Outside of that, thanks in part to holding DHS credentials to drive a gas tanker into our nations ports, I’m not unfamiliar with the intrusive questions you normally find on a government permission document.
Everything else was in order. Thanks to Heartland Training Team , Larry Morse, and Mike Corkran, I have had more than enough quality training to meet Ohio’s requirements and the certificates to prove it.
The Warren County Sheriff’s department was professional and pleasant to deal with. Aaron Hoyt, the officer who checks the data, runs the background checks, and issues the permit, was efficient and thorough. I was expecting most of this, a post on a forum of Ohioans for Concealed Carry indicated that Warren County is among the best places to apply. Unfortunately, you have to live in Warren County or an adjoining county or you’re just out of luck, I suppose. And I hope that if I have to deal with another LEO from Warren County at some point, I’ll experience the same professional and accommodating attitude that Mr. Hoyt had.
All in all, I’ll carry with a little less trepidation now. I’ve been legally carrying on my Utah permit, but there has been the worry in the back of my mind that some LEO at some point would be a little less than familiar with the reciprocity agreements made by the State Attorney General. And I’ve had to make sure that I never came within 1000 feet of a school. Now I can at least drive by a school without holding my breath. That’s good news since there’s a school about every 50 yards in Ohio (or so it seems).
Although I’m still unemployed, and still learning how to live in a 30 foot travel trailer during the Ohio winter, I’ll take up the writing once more, with an opinion every week or so on some aspect of concealed carry. I’m currently reading two particularly good books which I will want to share with you.
Arm yourselves, get quality training, and take your place among the citizens of our great nation who have been willing to defend our constitution and our freedom.