Ohio Citizens Firearms Training Academy

Ohio Citizens Firearms Training Academy

Thanks for your interest in the Ohio Citizens Firearms Training (OCFT) Academy, which is owned and privately operated by a retired Cleveland Police Officer and US Army veteran.  This highly experienced firearms instructor, certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the National Rifle Association, has trained and re-certified thousands of police officers and private security officers and certified numerous citizens for concealed handgun carry.  He and his staff are committed to training you to become a confident, law abiding individual who can make proper and lawful decisions and take legal action in a deadly force encounter.

Choose Your Training Wisely, It May Save Your Life!

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POSTED FROM THE BUCKEYE FIREARMS ASSOCIATION REGARDING CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS

AFTER READING THE ARTICLE, TAP OR CLICK ON THE BREAKING NEWS LINK BELOW FOR A LIST OF COUNTIES YOU CAN CONTACT TO INQUIRE AS TO THEIR STATUS.  YOU CAN ALSO TAP OR CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE

 

COVID-19:  Some Ohio Sheriffs suspending Concealed Handgun License applications and renewals.  Read the following letter from this champion of gun owners listed on the web news:

Dear Friend,

Buckeye Firearms Association has learned that due to health concerns about coronavirus, some Ohio Sheriff offices are canceling appointments for Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs), temporarily suspending applications and renewals, or limiting hours for license processing. The situation varies from county to county.

This appears to be a temporary measure to protect the health of both law enforcement staff and citizens, but it is unclear at this time how long the situation will last.

BFA has contacted Attorney General Dave Yost and is discussing the matter with the Governor and leadership in the House and Senate to assess the situation and explore options to address the problem.

Note that Ohio law currently specifies that you have a 30-day grace period after your CHL expiration date during which time your license remains valid.

One option we will propose is to have the legislature extend the grace period on CHLs so that Ohioans can continue to carry a firearm legally even after the normal grace period ends.

If your license is coming due for renewal, or you’re planning to apply for a license, check with the sheriff in your county or with the sheriff in an adjacent county for the status of license processing.



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POSTED FROM OHIOANS FOR CONCEALED CARRY (March 25, 2020)

Ohio Legislature Adopts OFCC’s Recommendation To Extend Expiring Concealed Handgun Licenses

As many of our followers know the COVID-19 pandemic caused a number of Sheriff’s Offices to close their concealed handgun license processing offices over the course of the last few weeks. A team of Ohioans for Concealed Carry volunteers sprung into action and began reaching out to those Sheriff’s Offices, prosecutors, and state officials and began working to convince those officials in charge that they had to comply with Ohio Law.

Last week it became apparent that this could turn into a game of whack-a-mole, and that the longer this ordeal went on more challenges may come about.

Exactly one week ago on March 18th Ohioans For Concealed Carry reached out to Lt. Governor Jon Husted directly, explained our genuine concerns, and asked that the State of Ohio consider all expired concealed handgun licenses as if they had not expired for some reasonable duration of time.   Today, the Ohio House of Representatives adopted an amendment in House Bill 197 that does exactly what we asked and exactly what Lt. Governor Husted said he would seek to make happen.

In the nearly twenty years that Ohioans For Concealed Carry has represented gun owners in the legislature something this stunningly simple has only happened once or twice, such as the time we had Ohio’s hidden compartment bill brought back onto the House Floor for a gun-owner friendly amendment in the eleventh hour.

We wish to thank Lt. Governor Husted and the Ohio Legislature for addressing this issue.



           

OCFT ACADEMY WILL CONTINUE TO SCHEDULE CLASSES FOR THE DATES LISTED BELOW THROUGH APRIL AND MAY TO ASSIST YOU IN SECURING A SEAT WITHOUT FURTHER WAIT AFTER THINGS GET BACK TO NORMAL.

I WISH EACH OF YOU SAFETY AND GOOD HEALTH – PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY.  I LOOK FORWARD TO TRAINING WITH YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE!



QUICK LINKS FOR UPCOMING CLASSES



20 Hour O.P.O.T.A. Private Security Firearms Class

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April 4 and 5, 2020  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM  (CANCELED DUE TO CODIV-19)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this class had to be canceled to ensure the health and safety of the instructors and the students – please consider one of the below classes which is available for registration.


April 18 and 19, 2020  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM  (AVAILABLE)

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May 2 and 3, 2020  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM  (AVAILABLE)

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May 16 and 17, 2020  8:00 AM to 7:00 PM  (AVAILABLE)

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Private Security Firearms Re-qualification (OPOTA)

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March 29, 2020  5:00 PM to 9:00 PM  (CANCELED DUE TO CODIV-19)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this class had to be canceled to ensure the health and safety of the instructors and the students – this school is monitoring the current events and will post re-qualification classes once this situation stabilizes.


April 1, 2020  4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CANCELED DUE TO CODIV-19)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this class had to be canceled to ensure the health and safety of the instructors and the students – this school is monitoring the current events and will post re-qualification classes once this situation stabilizes.

THANK YOU AND PLEASE BE CAREFUL



Advanced Pistol Training

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This class using our outdoor range will resume in spring of 2020 – please check back for dates.

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An FBI report shows that in 2018 there were 16,214 murders in the United States which was about a 14.5 percent increase from 2014.  For verification of this information, please click or tap on the below link which will take you to the source:

2018 Crime in the United States

Concealed Handgun License Certification Class

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$100.00 per person

$90.00 per person for a group of 3 or more

$90.00 per person for a group of 2 or more from the same immediate family 

NEW CLASSES WILL BE POSTED SOON – PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE CLASSES IN APRIL AND MAY.



Private Security Shotgun (OPOTA)

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20 HOUR O.P.O.T.A. PRIVATE SECURITY FIREARMS TRAINING

REQUIREMENTS

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CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE CERTIFICATION

 REQUIREMENTS

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O.P.O.T.A. PRIVATE SECURITY FIREARMS RE-QUALIFICATION

 REQUIREMENTS

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ADVANCE PISTOL TRAINING COURSE

The ADVANCED PISTOL TRAINING COURSE is an important and necessary part of your pistol training.

Normal public ranges, with stationary targets, stationary shooters and range operation restrictions do not allow the public to practice realistic deadly force defensive encounters and advanced tactical shooting techniques. This training will allow students to work closely and unencumbered with tactical instructors in developing their skills in advanced shooting tactics.

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Advanced Pistol Training Course

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR NEW DATES.  WE ARE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH A PRIVATE INDOOR RANGE SO WE CAN CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT TRAINING IN THE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING – WE ARE HOPEFUL TO RESUME THIS CLASS INDOORS BEGINNING LATER JANUARY, 2019




 OFFERING PROFESSIONAL HIGH QUALITY TRAINING IN THE FOLLOWING CLASSES:

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CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE CERTIFICATION CLASS

20 HOUR PRIVATE SECURITY FIREARMS CERTIFICATION (O.P.O.T.A.)

PRIVATE SECURITY FIREARMS RE-QUALIFICATION (O.P.O.T.A.)

BASIC PISTOL TRAINING

BASIC PISTOL TRAINING FOR WOMEN

ADVANCED PISTOL TRAINING COURSE

PRIVATE SECURITY SHOTGUN CERTIFICATION (O.P.O.T.A.)


Due to the importance of the subject matter, each class size is kept to a minimum to maintain a positive instructor-to-student ratio.  Unlike other assembly line types of firearm training schools, training is conducted with quality in mind and not quantity!

What separates OCFT Academy from other firearm training instructors is the owner/lead instructor of the this school has been involved in deadly force encounters and teaches from actual life experiences as a result of his profession.  He has literally trained thousands of people from all walks of life, which include police and private security recruits, police officers, private security officers, and citizens with various backgrounds.

All of the highly competent instructors were hand-picked by the owner to maintain the professionalism and excellence OCFT Academy strives for. All state certified instructors are either current or former police officers and have established themselves as highly skilled trainers.  No one can match the qualifications and experience that will reflect in the quality of the training you will receive.

Once you successfully complete your individual course, you will not only leave with your certificate, you will also leave with the confidence to properly use your handgun both tactically and legally.


Send an eCard as a present for training that may save their life, or yours! 

The eCard can be used for the following classes:

– Concealed Handgun License Class –

       –  20 Hour OPOTA Firearms Training Class –

– OPOTA Firearms Re-qualification –

– Advanced Pistol Training Course –

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(Gift Card expires 12/31/2020)