CLEVELAND — Maribelle Rosado is a mother of three from Cleveland who still takes an eight-hour course to carry a concealed handgun, even though it’s no longer required in Ohio under Senate Bill 215 that became law on June 13.
Rosado told News 5 that the training changed his mindset about carrying a firearm and taught him more than just the safe use, maintenance and storage of his gun. Rosado urges others to take the now optional training, especially if they have no previous experience or experience with weapons.
“I feel like if people take the classes, they know how to do it,” Rosado said. “I didn’t have a lot of knowledge, so I was like whatever, I’m going to have a gun, so I think I’m going to be cool because I have a gun. Now I’m just like no it’s not the same mentality as a year ago I’m teaching my kids to properly talk about not touching it, or if you see one let someone know. I’m learning when to take it out and not take it. It’s just a different mentality when you take the course.
Firearms instructor Kim Rodecker, owner of Cleveland’s Concealed Carry Courses, also hopes those who wish to carry a concealed handgun will still attend the training.
“Some people just aren’t educated about guns or, more importantly, when can they get that gun out,” Rodecker said. “You can’t act tough, you can’t let this gun, any gun be your guts.
“It’s only one day, an eight-hour period in your whole life to be educated, so you have a good understanding of when you can pull something like that off or not pull it off. We review child and gun safety, as if you have children at home, it can be stressed enough that you need to have a conversation with them. I try to emphasize to people the attitude and temperament of being able to carry a gun on the street. If nothing else, take the class for it.
Ohio attorney Dave Yost has also advocated for Ohioans to continue optional training, releasing a handbook on Ohio’s new law and a search engine to help homeowners. of firearms to find qualified optional training.
“Just because you’re not legally required to take training doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea,” Yost said. “Using a firearm is not instinctive and watching television is not training. Ohioans should be taught their firearms by a trained instructor. A trained citizen is a safe citizen.”
Buckeye Firearms Association Executive Director Dean Rieck supported his statement in favor of eliminating mandatory training, but was also in favor of optional training for some who had no weapons experience. The association provides links and information about the new Ohio law and the changes it has now put into effect.
“It’s been about 18 years since Ohio enacted HB 12 to bring licensed concealed carry to the state,” Rieck said.
“However, the brass ring has always been about eliminating the license mandate, which people call unlicensed carry or constitutional carry. And now, at last, that day has come. This is a great time for Ohio. and for those who wish to more fully exercise their constitutional right to own and bear arms.Yet the Buckeye Firearms Association supports optional training for those who think it will help them.