Concealed Carry Courses

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Ohio CCW Course Info:

Bee-Safe’s Ohio CCW Course will be taught at our New Riegel, OH OPOTA Training Center. Please arrive on time and feel free to bring drinks and snacks. *Do not bring live ammunition into the class room.

CCW Class Requirements:

  1. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate in an Ohio CCW Class.
  2. Persons with felonies are NOT eligible to receive an Ohio CCW permit in any county.

What to bring:

  1. Handgun of any caliber.
  2. 100 rounds of ammunition.
  3. Lunch/Snacks/Drinks.
  4. Eye & ear protection.
  5. *Handgun & ammo is available for an additional $50.

Important Info:

  1. Do not bring loaded firearm into the training academy. Keep ammunition locked in your vehicle and only bring your secured unloaded handgun into the classroom.

What you will receive:

Upon the successful completion of this 8 HR Ohio CCW Class you will received a signed Certificate of Completion from Bee-Safe. You will then take that certificate to the Sheriff’s Office and apply for your Ohio CCW Permit.

Ohio CCW Information Center


This Ohio CCW Information Center provides basic concealed carry reference material for Ohio Concealed Handgun License applicants and holders.

  • National Association of Attorneys General – Looking for an Attorney General in another state? This is a list of every state’s Attorney General, along with a bio, contact information, and link to their website.
  • Concealed Carry Manual – This booklet, which summarizes Ohio’s concealed handgun law, is required reading for all applicants for a concealed handgun license.
  • ATF Firearms Information – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provides extensive information on federal regulations.

Where an Ohio CCW is Valid

Ohio CCW Reciprocity Map

Ohio CCW Reciprocity Map
Ohio CCW Reciprocity Map

Forbidden Carry Zones

  • Any law enforcement station or detention facility
  • Courthouse or building housing a courtroom
  • Government building (controlling agency may authorize)
  • Place of worship (unless specifically allowed)
  • Secure areas of airports
  • Institution for the care of mentally ill persons
  • Any premises owned or leased by a public or private college or university (okay if left in locked car, not applicable if college or university has authorized concealed carry)
  • School zone (okay if licensee stays in vehicle with handgun or the licensee leaves the handgun in locked car)
  • Liquor facility (okay if not already under the influence, no alcohol is consumed, and facility not posted “no guns”)
  • Wherever federal law prohibits the carrying of handguns
  • Any building or property posted as a “no gun zone”

Basic Gun Safety Rules

  • Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Store gun so it is not accessible to unauthorized persons.
  • Use a quality holster that fully covers the trigger guard.
  • Keep gun handling and holster adjustment to a minimum.

Encounters With Law Enforcement (pedestrian or vehicle)

  • Promptly inform officer you have a license and handgun.
  • Keep hands in plain sight and comply with officer commands.
  • Do not touch your handgun unless instructed to do so.
  • Do not get out of your vehicle unless instructed to so.

Spotting a Concealed Handgun


What to expect during an 8 Hr Ohio CCW Course?

Bee Safe is proud to serve the Northwest Ohio community in part by offering affordable CCW Classes. When you come to our Training Academy on the day of the course you should arrive on time. If you did not register online you must must bring cash. Please do not bring loaded firearms or ammunition into the classroom. Ammunition must be left in your vehicle! 

You may bring your unloaded firearm into the classroom in a secured case.

The CCW class will begin at 8am with a short video introduction and the instructor will proceed with the syllabus. There will be 6 hours of classroom time which includes the opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Students will then drive to Bee-Safe‘s outdoor shooting range for 2 hours of training.

Once range time has ended the instructor will sign the 8 Hr Ohio CCW Class certificates which will qualify students to apply for a CCW Permit at the county’s Sheriff’s Office.

What should I bring to the CCW Course?

  1. Handgun of any caliber.
  2. 100 rounds of ammunition.
  3. Ear Protection
  4. Lunch/Snacks/Drinks
  5. *Handgun & ammo is available for an additional $50.

*AR-15 Pistols are NOT allowed in this course.

Can I use a .22 caliber handgun at the shooting range?

Yes, .22 caliber handguns are permitted in all Ohio CCW Course.

Ohio CCW Permit Statistics

County Sheriff’s Offices across our great state issued 168,302 concealed-carry licenses in 2018. Of those, 98,927 were renewals, an increase of 83 percent from the year before, and 69,375 licenses were new, a 10 percent decrease. Denials were rare — 1,436 in total, for a rate of 0.9 percent. Under Ohio law, County Sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses. Every quarter, the Sheriffs report those statistics to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. This yearly compilation is sent in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 109.731(C).

Read on for more state totals and a county-by-county breakdown of the statistics.

Seneca County: Includes CCW Permits in Fostoria, Tiffin & New Reigel

Number of Licenses Issued 166
Number of Licenses Renewed 417
Number of Licenses Suspended 0
Number of Licenses Revoked 0
Number of Licenses Denied 0
Number of License Processes Suspended 0

Hancock County: Includes CCW Permits in Findlay, Van Buren & Vanlue

Number of Licenses Issued 431
Number of Licenses Renewed 866
Number of Licenses Suspended 9
Number of Licenses Revoked 0
Number of Licenses Denied 7
Number of License Processes Suspended 0

Wood County: Includes CCW Permits in Bowling Green, Perrysburg & North Baltimore

Number of Licenses Issued 932
Number of Licenses Renewed 1,594
Number of Licenses Suspended 23
Number of Licenses Revoked 6
Number of Licenses Denied 41
Number of License Processes Suspended 0