A "friend" on FaceBook sent me this letter he received after renewing his CCW permit with the Ottawa County Sheriff's department recently. For those outside of Ohio, Ottawa county lies about midway between Toledo and Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie. It is best know for having the popular amusement park Cedar Point (recently named the #1 park in America!) in its boundaries as well as Camp Perry, where the NRA national rifle matches are held and is also the home of the CMP North Store where I bought my M1 Garand.
The Sheriff there takes the time to not only say that his department is pleased to provide the service of granting the CCW permit but also remind the recipient of their obligation to safe handling of their weapon and the civil liability that possess the permit entails.
The administration of the Ottawa County Sheriff's office was very pleased to process your "Carry Concealed Weapon" permit request and/or renewal. Over the years our personnel have been very committed to ensuring that this service is of a high standard and accommodating to individuals' schedules.
As Sheriff, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of gun safety. You have completed a course, which addresses the liability issues, safety issues, and also the civil liability that accompanies the CCW permit.
The Ottawas County Sheriff's Office is very pleased to have provided this service to you. If at any time you have questions regarding the CCW permit, please go tot our web site, www.ottawcountysheriff.org or contact Director or Administration Deputy Rhonda St. Clair at 419-734-6823 or myself at my direct line , 419.734-6877.
Hmmm, when I worked at Camp Perry a long time ago there was a crusty old warrant officer named St. Clair that was entrenched in the running of that place, wonder if Deputy St. Clair is any relation?
Anyway, this comes short of being an out right thank you for applying for the CCW license, but it comes close. At any rate it is a nice service to provide the letter with the reminder about civic responsibility. One of the big things that is cited when arguing against concealed carry is that we the holders are a bunch of "cowboys" and "loose cannons" on the streets. As the sheriff points out in the letter, knowledge of the issues surrounding the liability of this permit is required of each holder. By reinforcing this fact at the outset of the issuance of each license he is helping the "carry community" come into compliance with this responsibility.
As I filed with Franklin County (I live in nearby Delaware County but applied in Columbus as I could schedule my fingerprinting appointment during lunch at the office a few blocks away from work), I did not get such a letter. Perhaps the sheer number of applications that the Columbus area generates prevents this from being possible due to postage reates. The CCW office in Columbus was very friendly and efficient when I received mine and took less than 24 hours to process it. The benefit of having a clean record I guess!