The Sheriff of each county is responsible for the issuance of Concealed Handgun Licenses in the State of Ohio. Within Butler County, two deputies are assigned to this task. They are responsible for accepting and processing all applications that are received from the general public.
Related: CCW License Information
Citizens who apply for CCW licenses must first attend a (8) eight-hour course. Instructors must be certified under the (NRA) National Rifle Association, or (OPOTC) Ohio Peace Office Training Commission. Once they successfully complete a course, they may then apply to their county of residence, or to an adjoining county. First time and renewal applicants must submit an application.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been responsible for the issuance of Concealed Carry Licenses since 2004. Since that time, BCSO has issued over 18,000 CCW licenses. With the growing demand from the public to obtain a CCW license, Sheriff Jones added a second deputy assigned to the unit. In this capacity, the Sheriff’s Office is able to schedule appointments every fifteen minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Applications are processed from residents of Butler County and any adjoining counties. Deputies assigned to this unit perform background checks for any potential candidates, and review the applications for renewals, suspensions, revocations and, if needed, denials.
With the demand for CCW licenses growing, the Sheriff’s Office must remain diligent in ensuring that all the mandated guidelines are followed by the public. Applicants for a CCW must first attend a firearms safety course which includes ten hours of instructions and two hours of handgun proficiency. Next, applicants must provide a certificate of competency of the safety course, a valid Ohio Identification or Driver’s License, and the processing fee for the background check. Deputies obtain fingerprints from applicants and conduct extensive background checks through a National Web Check, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.