PISGS Mid-Week Minute - August 18, 2021

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August 18, 2021

FAB vs. Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit

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A concealed-carry permit (CCW) does not authorize a security guard or private investigator to carry a firearm on duty. Instead, you must have a PISGS registration card with a current Firearm Bearer (FAB) notation, to lawfully carry a firearm in your role as a security guard or private investigator.

Requirements to obtain a FAB with PISGS, include ALL of the following:

  1. A certificate of completion for a 20-hour private security basic firearms training course approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC);
  2. An FBI background check;
  3. An FAB application with PISGS; and
  4. Your registration card with the current FAB must be carried on your person while working armed.

Exception: Currently commissioned Ohio peace officers do not need the 20-hour firearms training. Instead, they can submit proof of commission and most recent requalification score sheet from their police department.

Do you have a question? Or a tip you'd like to share with PISGS licensees? Please send to PISGStips@dps.ohio.gov