State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that would waive the concealed handgun license fee for applicants who are currently serving in or who have retired from the United States military.

House Bill 235 would require a sheriff who has received an initial or renewal application for a concealed handgun license to waive the license payment for the following: active or reserve members of the armed forces of the United States, members who have retired from the military, or members who were honorably discharged from service.

The legislation allows an applicant to submit evidence of service as proof of competency in place of the otherwise required eight hour training course and applies to all qualified applicants, regardless of the date he or she retired or was honorably discharged.

“Taxpayers fund the training of the very best military in the world.  These men and women are highly trained and skilled, and many have been in situations that have proven their poise under fire,” said Rep. Retherford. “They, by all means, should be given the advantage this legislation provides. I am proud to support House Bill 235 and applaud its passage.”

Under the bill, the license fee for all other applicants remains sixty-seven dollars. Nonresidents or residents for less than five years would also still be required to pay the cost of an FBI background check.

House Bill 235 will now undergo consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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