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Central Ohio firearms trainer supports new law that exempts gun owners from training

man holding handgun pointed at target at gun range
Adnan Turkoglu

The owner of Team Anvil, a Delaware, Ohio-based company that offers concealed carry training, is supportive of the new Ohio law that allows those 21-years-old and older to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

“Most of the gun owners that I know, and by 'most' pretty much all of them, are responsible gun owners,” said Emmett Jarvis III, owner of Team Anvil. “They understand basic rules of safety. And because they understand and they can apply those rules of safety… I don’t really think there are going to be a whole lot more issues, hopefully.”

Jarvis, who retired on a medical disability after 18 years in the Army still thinks it is wise to undergo firearms training.

“I think the worst thing any of us could ever do is think that we know enough and just kind of go out there, buy a gun, and put it on our belt,” said Jarvis.

Team Anvil opened in April and has trained 60 people on how to safely carry a gun.

“We offer everything from concealed handgun licensing courses,” Jarvis said. “We put a little bit of extra time at the back half of that course so that our students can leave our course and actually be confident in their ability to draw and fire in defense of themselves or others if they had to.”

Jarvis said those who want to carry a gun outside of Ohio should get some training.

“If that state does not honor or have reciprocity then they’re going to need to have you know a concealed handgun license so they can travel freely and still carry to those other states,” he said.

Jarvis said Team Anvil offers intermediate and advanced courses for handling guns.

“Hopefully, those people understand that with power comes great responsibility, and hopefully that will lead them to seek out training, so they can get a little bit better,” said Jarvis.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.