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About Jeff's Grassroots Political Organization

Although Jeff has not held any elected political office, he is no stranger to the work involved.  

In 1999, with the help of two friends in law enforcement, Jeff founded a statewide grassroots non-partisan political organization called Ohioans For Concealed Carry. He has served as President since its inception, working with hundreds of volunteers over the past 20 years.

In 1999, the vast majority of each state in the U.S. had a legal mechanism in place whereby law-abiding citizens could legally carry a firearm for self-defense. In Ohio, the act was effectively a felony, so OFCC was formed to change that. The organization gained success in its efforts in 2004.

As founder and President of the organization, Jeff has spent thousands of hours in the Ohio Statehouse meeting with legislators, House & Senate leadership, and speaking in numerous committee hearings on the topic. He has spent nearly two decades working in statewide politics, including drafting legislation that is law today.

Jeff has been on the panel of debates at The City Club of Cleveland, The Columbus Metropolitan Club, and at Youngstown and Kent State Universities. 

Jeff's organization has been to the Ohio Supreme court twice, and had two cases heard before the court. The case of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Inc. v. Clyde, 120 Ohio St.3d 96, 2008-Ohio-4605 is regularly cited case law in completely unrelated cases, including when the matter of home rule and local municipalities is before a court.

Jeff is a certified firearms instructor who has taught hundreds of men and women how to safely use a firearm.  He has also received over 100 hours of training from active and retired law enforcement.

In 2019 Jeff began volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio as a range safety officer teaching young ladies in the scout's inaugural air rifle program held at it's three camp locations in Northeast Ohio.

* The topics and laws that the OFCC engages in are of a statewide nature.  Jeff's involvement in OFCC is presented here because it is part of his resume and demonstrates his experience.  However, it is Jeff's position that these topics would likely never come before a city council as the State of Ohio has preempted almost all firearm legislation.

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Jeff Garvas, Treasurer
9821 Firestone Ln, Macedonia, OH. 44056
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