(Toledo News Now) - Changes to the concealed carry permit laws went into effect yesterday and now there is a new application and even bigger changes made to the process.
"The time frame was twelve hours, you had to do ten hours of classroom with two hours of range time, including live fire," said Wood County Sheriff's Deputy Isaiah Loar.
He says one of the biggest changes with the new CCW laws is the time frame. It went from twelve hours to eight. Now only six hours of classroom, with two hours of range time are required.
And another big change is the cooperation with other states' CCW privileges. Now permits issued by another state will be valid in the state of Ohio, as long as the person is not an Ohio resident.
"What we're going to end up seeing down here anyways, is someone that lives in Michigan, works in Lucas County, that applies for a CCW permit in Wood County - they can do that now," said Loar.
Under the previous law, military members who had been out of service for six years or less could apply for a CCW permit without taking the classes. The new law allows that same privilege for military members out of service for ten years or less.
"You have to show that military service, whether it be a DD214 or something along those lines," said Loar.
He says it is extremely important that if you do want to carry a gun, you apply for a CCW permit and take all the required classes before doing so.