More than 600 concealed-carry permits in Franklin and surrounding counties are invalid because three men issued falsified training certificates to the applicants, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said today.
I’m not sure what it takes to become a concealed carry instructor in Ohio. It took me going to a 3 day Instructor course and probably about $1,000 with class, ammo, and filing fees. I actually drove to another state and took a beginning firearms class with the same instructor after the Instructor course because I wanted to see how the class was actually taught.
If Oklahoma’s requirements for instructors are close to Ohio’s then these guys are going away for felony-loose-your-rights-forever time to save $1,000. That is $1,000 they could recoup easily assuming they have access to a range to conduct classes. Stupid isn’t a crime, but the condition can certainly lead to it.
But there is a bit of funny in this story:
One undercover officer obtained a certificate not only for himself but for his sister, who wasn’t even there during the transaction, Scott said.
Scott said some of the people who received the certificates were duped, but others probably knew they weren’t fulfilling the requirements.
Recipients of the letters will have 14 days to respond to the sheriff’s office and come up with a plan to receive the correct training. If they do not contact the sheriff’s office, their permit will be suspended and they could face felony prosecution for providing false information for their CCW application, he said.
Anyone who knew the certificates were phony has committed one crime to avoid another. The penalty for filing the false paperwork to get your license = Felony. The penalty for carrying a concealed firearm without a license = Misdemeanor.
I’m not a believer in ‘may’ issue, but those who knew the certificates were bogus are too stupid to own guns, much less carry them in public. Can we maybe make an exception this one time?