Rep. John Domenick introduces HB158, seeks to waive CHL fees for certified instructors

Representative John Domenick (D-95) of Smithfield has introduced House Bill 158, which seeks to add instructors who are certified to teach courses that meet the requirements of Ohio's concealed handgun license (CHL) law to the list of persons who are exempted from paying a fee to obtain a CHL.

What follows is the pertinent language from the bill, with the proposed language underlined:

Sec. 2923.125.(B)(1) A nonrefundable license fee prescribed by the Ohio peace officer training commission pursuant to division (C) of section 109.731 of the Revised Code, except that the sheriff shall waive the payment of the license fee in connection with an initial or renewal application for a license that is submitted by an applicant who is an instructor of a firearms course, class, or program that meets the requirements of division (B)(3)(a), (b), (c), or (e) of this section or who is a retired peace officer, a retired person described in division (B)(1)(b) of section 109.77 of the Revised Code, or a retired federal law enforcement officer who, prior to retirement, was authorized under federal law to carry a firearm in the course of duty, unless the retired peace officer, person, or federal law enforcement officer retired as the result of a mental disability;

The bill has been co-sponsored by Reps. John Adams (R), Dan Dodd (D), Lorraine Fende (D), Tom Letson (D), Dennis Murray (D), and Mark Okey (D).

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