More than 600 concealed-carry licenses issued to gun owners in several Ohio counties are invalid because three men issued falsified training certificates to the applicants, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott told the Columbus Disaptch. An investigation that began in the spring has resulted in felony charges against the men and letters to 613 people who obtained the certificates, which are needed to apply for the licenses. More licenses could be affected as the investigation continues.
One of the men charged is a Franklin County court security officer. Scott said John Marshall, a certified firearms instructor, sold signed training certificates to the two other men, who aren't trained firearms teachers and who conducted sessions that also fell far short of the required training, which includes at least 10 hours of class time and two hours of range time. In some cases, they conducted no training at all but provided the certificates for $200 to $300. His office used undercover agents to purchase the illicit training certificates.