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Ohio Concealed Handgun License Certification (CCW)

This is a full 8 hour course as mandated by the State of Ohio and the National Rifle Association(NRA) in accordance with course length and material requirements.


 $80/student - Includes all materials and lunch(unless otherwise stated) Gun rental $35 for .22LR $45 for 9mm(these prices INCLUDE the ammo needed for the course -150 rounds)


This course includes:

  • 6 hours of classroom instruction *At Iron Element our course does run long as we seek to provide you with as much valuable information, skill development and training as possible to survive a real life encounter, not simply give you a certificate for attending a course. 

  • 2 hours of live-fire training

  • Proven proficiency in safety, fundamentals and willingness to obey Local, State and Federal laws.

  • Realistic defensive training in the context of close proximity conflict.


Course will be reflecting the updated changes from Ohio Law updates effective March 23rd, 2015. 


HB 234 makes a number of positive changes to Ohio’s firearm laws.  HB 234, as signed into law:

  • Improves the concealed handgun license process by (1) reducing the number of training hours required from 12 to 8 hours, (2) eliminating minimum length-of-residency requirements, (3) allowing non-residents who work in Ohio to apply for a CHL in the county or adjacent county in which they work, and (4) makes special provisions for members of the military who have been honorably discharged or retired, extending their competency certification from six years to ten years after honorable discharge or retirement.

  • Expands concealed carry reciprocity to visitors and persons temporarily in Ohio who have valid out-of-state licenses, regardless of whether the license-issuing state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with Ohio.

  • Repeals the prohibition on Ohio citizens buying and/or selling long guns or ammunition from only the five contiguous states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Citizens of Ohio can now purchase and/or sell rifles and shotguns in any state as long as the firearm laws in both states are obeyed.

  • Includes a “shall certify” provision which requires a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) to sign off on an application to transfer an item regulated by the National Firearms Act, once the application procedure and requirements are met.  This provision eliminates personal bias towards NFA-related items, requiring CLEOs to sign off and process the application in the same way they do a concealed handgun license.

  • Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting in the Buckeye State.

  • Brings Ohio’s definition of “automatic firearm” in line with the federal definition, limiting it to only any firearm designed or adapted to fire a succession of cartridges with a single function of the trigger.

*See our "Sign Up for Training & Events" page under the "MORE" tab to register!


What does it take to get an Ohio Conceal Carry License?

A word from our Lead Instructor - Justin L. Miesse  


    "There are many CHL (CCW) courses offered today and sometimes people ask me what makes ours special at Iron Element. I love hearing this question, and most of all, hearing those same people come back after they've gone through our course and giving their own reasons why they now feel our course is special.

    What sets our course apart is that the major focus of this course is not just to see people pass it. One of the first things I tell my students of CHL is that it is not my goal to get them to pass the course at the end. My goal is to better prepare them as individuals to successfully defend themselves and/or others in public with a firearm. Whether or not they can answer some questions on a test or show safety and proficiency on the controlled range is just the beginning. Those are things we cover and develop from the starting block. From there we quickly move into real-life applicable skills and attitudes. 

    The way I view it is that when I sign my name on the certificate as the instructor, I'm putting my endorsement on that individual as fully capable and trustworthy to engage a violent attacker in public, with a firearm. That is not something that I take lightly. That student may be the one defending me or my family in some supermarket parking lot at night. 

    For that reason I prepare courses with extreme attention to detail and I work to not only improve my own knowledge and skills but to be able to communicate those to students of every background and ability. 


    I integrate actual real-life skills and education into our materials. A student who participates in a course here at Iron Element will leave knowing the safety, fundamentals and proper attitude to possess and carry a firearm but they will also leave with new skills and a new awareness of what it takes to be truly prepared for that real-life, worst case scenario. And one thing that sets us apart is that we aren't just about guns at Iron Element. Our concealed handgun class is one of many to prepare people in other aspects of life such as medical response and home defense. We work to build a better person, not just teach a few things about guns. "




CHL courses are found in the form of open registration and private courses.

Open registration take place at a designated location and are open to any student to sign up.

Private courses are done with a private group of individuals and often times take place at locations provided by the students. 


Iron Element has put on private courses at residential homes, garages, welding shops, churches, agricultural locations, workshops, woods lots, backyards, and more. To host a private course the host must have a safe and accessible shooting area(each shooting area must be cleared by Iron Element instructors prior to any shooting being done), a place for a presentation with electricity, ample seating and a restroom. 

Special rates apply for less than 5 students and the maximum students per private class is 12 in order to give each student the most benefit.

*To inquire about hosting a private course contact Justin at 





Disclaimer:​  The Laws Change!
This information has been posted according to the State of Ohio Conceal Carry Law publication Revised 12/19/11 and according to the passing of H.B. 234​. The webmasters of this site are not responsible for all current Ohio revisions.  See for current laws and regulations.

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