Ken Hanson is a general practice attorney in Delaware, Ohio. He is the author of The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws, now in its Fourth Edition. Ken has served as a Chief Assistant County Prosecutor, Municipal Prosecutor and Court Appointed Counsel in major felony cases. Ken has served as counsel of record in numerous civil and criminal gun rights cases throughout Ohio, including two cases in the Ohio Supreme Court, and co-counsel on a third case. Ken also is counsel of record for Buckeye Firearms Foundation and has authored amicus briefs in both the Heller and McDonald United States Supreme Court cases. His brief in the McDonald case was cited in the majority opinion.
In 2008, Ken was awarded the Defender of Justice award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. This award is given annually to an individual in recognition for exemplary legal services in defense of firearm rights. In 2009, the National Rifle Association awarded Ken the Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of his commitment to firearm rights outside of the legal arena.
In addition, Ken is a life NRA Member, life Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association Member, Range Safety Officer, Certified NRA Instructor in Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol, Personal Protection, Refuse to be a Victim, Ohio Concealed Carry and Utah Concealed Carry. Ken previously participated in USPSA competitions in the Limited and Limited 10 categories.
Ken regularly lectures on Ohio's concealed carry laws and has lectured to over 8,000 students. Ken's essays have been published in a variety of websites and print publications, including U.S. Concealed Carry magazine, SWAT magazine and Ohio Outdoor News, with numerous other news media appearances in print and broadcast format, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Ken's company, Center Mass Ltd., holds a Type 01 Federal Firearms License. Ken has attended and completed advanced firearm training at Blackwater USA in Moyock, North Carolina, and has also attended advanced training taught by Larry Vickers and Ken Hackathorn.
Ken is married and is the proud father of two children. Ken is licensed as a soccer referee by USSF and has coached varsity soccer at two different high schools.