Ohio drops CCW fees for vets moving forward (VIDEO)

A law waiving fees for active duty military and veterans who apply for an Ohio concealed handgun license took effect this month.

The measure, SB 81, was popular with state lawmakers, speeding through the legislature with broad bipartisan support.

Moving forward, authorities will waive the normal $67 fee to obtain a concealed handgun license for applicants who honorably served in the U.S. military or are on active duty. Further, it allows officials to accept prior military training in lieu of otherwise mandatory gun safety training required to obtain a license.

“Members of the military are arguably the most responsible and best-trained group of gun owners in the country,” said state Sen. Lou Terhar, R-Green Township, a Veteran who sponsored the new law.

Terhar told NBC4i that the proposal came to him through veterans at the VFW.

As a bill, SB 81 was approved in the Senate 31-2 in January and the House in June by an 84-7 margin, making it veto-proof.

According to data from the U.S. Census, Ohio had over 864,000 veterans living in the state as of 2014.

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