RAVENNA — A Ravenna man has pleaded guilty to charges that he handed out certifications for firearms training he was supposed to provide, but didn’t.
Anthony P. Drago, 48, has pleaded guilty to two counts of falsification, both misdemeanors. He was a National Rifle Association firearms instructor who was authorized to provide the training that is mandatory under Ohio law to obtain a concealed-carry permit from the sheriff’s office.
Drago’s trial in Portage County Common Pleas Court was to begin Tuesday. He was originally indicted on four counts of tampering with records, all third-degree felonies; four counts of falsification, each a fourth-degree felony; and four counts of forgery, each a fifth-degree felony. According to the indictment, the incidents occurred between April 2017 and October 2018.
Portage County Sheriff David Doak has said only a few of the records went to his office and he did not believe any conceal-carry permits were issued to people who had the false records.
Getting a conceal-carry permit in Ohio requires at least eight hours of instruction and two hours of range time and live-fire training.
A background check, including fingerprinting, is also required before the local sheriff’s office issues a conceal-carry permit.
Individuals with a military background in firearms training and police officers do not have to take the training if they can prove their job training is sufficient.
Drago’s attorney was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
Sentencing has not been set. Drago could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine for each charge.
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