A concealed weapons permit instructor accused of offering classes that didn’t meet state standards has been arrested.
Roland Ray Hill, 45, is charged with perjury and subornation of perjury. State Law Enforcement Division officials say that the Lexington instructor broke state law when he offered concealed weapons permit classes that were just four hours long, rather than the mandated eight-hour course.
A SLED agent attended a four-hour concealed weapons permit class Hill allegedly offered on Feb. 19, according to an agency press release. The class included just four hours of instruction. State law requires an eight-hour course with both classroom instruction and firing range sessions.
There were nine other students in the class that day, all of whom received concealed weapons permits. They are also subject to perjury charges, according to the press release.
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Hill was certified to teach concealed weapons classes in 2008. He is a former officer with both the Batesburg-Leesville and Lexington police forces, and was certified by the state Criminal Justice Academy as a firearms instructor.
He was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center Monday and was released on $5,000 bond.
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