Ohio CCW news...
LIMA — State Rep. Mike Gilb wanted to get a good look at the training for carrying concealed weapons, especially since he’s hoping to change the rules a little bit.
Gilb, R-Findlay, took part in a training session on Saturday at the Allen County Fairgrounds, joining about 10 others.
“I signed up today, and I’m logging the hours to earn my right to carry a concealed weapon,” Gilb said. “I wanted to get a sense of what the current training is like.”
He ended up doing a little training of his own, fielding questions about the legislative process as he tries to push a bill that will loosen up the restrictions on the concealed-carry law. The original bill passed two years ago.
“That was a fairly restrictive bill, kind of a first step,” Gilb said. “Now that we’ve entered this experience, we haven’t become the wild, wild west people thought we’d become, law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves.”
He said potential changes included in the proposed House Bill 347 cover where people can carry weapons in vehicles. Today, they must be kept in plain sight or locked away if they’re in a car.
Some in the class suggested clarifying other rules, like what constitutes “plain sight” in a car. And one man pointed out that another man in the class is a liquor store owner, but by law can’t carry a weapon in his own store.
“There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be changed,” Tom Evans of Lima said.
“We just need some more bills to clean up the gray area,” added Brent Lawrence, co-owner of Defense Training Academy, which conducts training lessons once a month.
The current training calls for 10 hours of classroom time and two hours on a shooting range, Lawrence said. Gilb’s class completed the classroom time on Saturday, and will schedule time at a shooting range next week.
Gilb is also running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives being vacated by Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Findlay.