The Basis for 12 hours was because the old NRA Basic Pistol Lesson plan took 10 hours to complete. The state of Ohio used this as a guide when forming the law on training and added 2 hours for review of the Ohio CCW booklet. Plain and simple. As far as fees.......if you spent as much time and money as it takes to become and instructor I think you would think twice about that statement. For all those who feel that instructors make tons of money doing what we do they are mistaken. Speaking for myself I do it because of my love for the 2nd Amendment and to teach people that guns are not weapons as everyone feels... but are guns. Educating someone that has never fired a gun and teaching them safety and fundementals is a great feeling. Not everyone that takes the class has fired a gun and you need to be able to teach to that level. I personnely will not compromise my teaching principles to shorten a class...in fact I will teach as long as it takes to make a student comfortable.
I have to disagree with that. The Ohio Attorney General's Office used to have a CHL "Model Lesson Plan", for OPOTC trainers. It has since been removed (or I can't find it on the site). It is much different than the NRA Basic Pistol Course.
The NRA Basic Pistol Course is supposed to be 8 hours, not 10 but should be allowed extra time for certain students depending on factors such as prior experience, how easy they learn etc.
The Law says the CCW course needs to be 12 hours- 10 hours classroom and 2 hours live fire/range experience. So, what many Instructors do is go over all the NRA material(which does cover the required topics), go to the range for 2 hours, then come back and talk about Ohio laws or specific CHL topics and answer questions to fill the time. NRA Instructors should not be giving legal advice unless they are lawyers. What they should be doing is DISCUSSING legal issues with the group as private citizens after making it quite clear that this is not intended to be legal advice, not part of the NRA program, and it is each of thier responsibilities to learn the laws and when in doubt consult an attorney.
So why 12 hours?? I have no idea. I've had classes where we could have covered everything in 6 hours because of the student(s) prior knowledge, and have others that went on for 13 or so and I wished we had more time.
As far as John's comment about not making money and doing it to promote safety, we are 100% on the same page.
I have both the Lesson Plan and the Letter introducing it downloaded.
The letter is dated March 22, 2007 and the Lesson Plan is dated Jan. 1, 2007. I downloaded them both on 04/02/2007. The letter is Marc Dann's letterhead.
So, this stuff did not appear until 3 YEARS after licenses were available and legal. I can't remember the exact date, but the lesson plan had the original "plain sight for vehicular carry" in it and I think that was changed before this was released, or in any case they KNEW that the change was in the pipeline and what day it would happen.
The NRA 10 hour class + 2 hours for the AG Book (which was originally to have been a tri-fold pamphlet) is the correct answer.
NRA Basic Pistol is 8 hours classroom and 2 hours range, for 10 hours total.
Early on the OPOTA people were going to train all LE, EMT, Paramedics and ER Personnel about the new law and how to safely clear a firearm and lock it up in a lockbox if they encountered one. They were also going to put out this model course lesson plan.
They intended on doing this by DELAYING IMPLEMENTATION another 90 days past the time the laws said the bill had to have to take effect. Some people got word of this and got hold of the Representatives, who said "it is going to start when it is supposed to, YOU (OPOTA) are NOT going to delay it any longer.
So, they took their ball and went home. NO training for LE, EMTs, Paramedics or ER Workers. Also, since they could not control things, they managed to get the lesson plan out THREE YEARS AFTER THE LAW TOOK EFFECT!