U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt of Cincinnati and her stockbroker husband, Peter, took a 12-hour concealed-carry class at a private hunting and shooting lodge this month and passed written and target-range tests to get concealed handgun licenses, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Schmidt, a Republican, was a co-sponsor of a bill that passed the Ohio Legislature in 2004 giving Ohioans the right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense purposes. “When people talk about gun laws and what we passed, I want to be able to talk about what needs to be tweaked based on personal experience,” Schmidt said.
Her instructor, Collin Risk, said the congresswoman had the “absolute best stance in the class.” Schmidt scored among the top three in her 20-person class on the written test. Schmidt brought her own gun to a class – a new .380 semiautomatic handgun that was a Sweetest Day gift from her husband, who used a rifle in the class. Schmidt may be the only U.S. lawmaker in the area to have a license. Ohio Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich, as well as Rep. Steve Chabot, told the Enquirer that they don’t have a concealed handgun license and don’t plan to get one. Schmidt said she won’t bring her gun to work with her in Washington, D.C., where it’s illegal to carry a concealed firearm.