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Ohio HB 142 - Eliminate Need When Stopped to Notify Carrying Firearm

Ohio HB 142

by Reps. Scott Wiggam (R) and Glenn Holmes (D) with Reps. Scott Lipps (R), Darrell Kick (R), Derek Merrin (R), Ron Hood (R), Andy THompson (R), Candice Keller (R), Nino Vitale (R), Kristina Roegner (R), Thomas Brinkman (R), Kyle Koehler (R), John Becker (R), William Seitz (R), Bill Dean (R), Marlene Anielski (R), Niraj ANtani (R), Andrew BRenner (R), James Butler (R), Mike Duffey (R), Timothy Ginter (R), Doug Green (R), Dave Greenspan (R), Christina Hagan (R), Stephen Hambley (R), Michael Henner (R), Terry Johnson (R), Laura Lanese (R), George Lang (R), Thomas Patton (R), Wes Retherford (R), Craig Riedel (R), Mark Romanchuk (R), Timothy Schaffer (R), Kirk Schuring (R), Ryan Smith (R), RObert Sprague (R), Dick Stein (R), ROn Young (R), and Paul Zeltwanger (R)

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose


Under Substitute HB 142, a concealed handgun licensee is only required to present the license or verbally notify a police officer once requested to present their driver’s license upon being stopped by an officer for a law enforcement purpose.  By clarifying this disclosure requirement, it gives motorists a clear set of steps to follow when stopped by law enforcement.  This substitute bill also lowers the penalty to a minor misdemeanor, eliminates the possibility of a suspended license or imprisonment, and reduces the fine not to exceed $25.

Committee Vote: 9/20/18

Passed 9-2

House Vote 10/24

Passed 65-29

KEY BILL - Ohio HB 228 - Stand Your Ground

Ohio HB 228

by Rep. Terry Johnson (R) and Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R) with Reps. Kirk Schuring (R), Dorothy Pelanda (R), THomas Patton (R), Niraj Antani (R), John Becker (R), Andrew Brenner (R), Rick Carfagna (R), Bill Dean (R), Mike Duffey (R), Timothy Ginter (R), Doug Green (R), Michael Henne (R), Brian Hill (R), Ron Hood (R), Larry Householder (R), Matt Huffman (R), Candice Keller (R), Kyle Koehler (R), Scott Lipps (R), Derek Merrin (R), Craig Riedel (R), Kristina Roegner (R), Mark Romanchuk (R), Timothy Schaffer (R), Marilyn Slaby (R), Ryan Smith (R), Robert Sprague (R), Dick Stein (R), Andy THompson (R), Nino Vitale (R), Scott Wiggam (R), Wes Retherford (R), James Butler (R), Keith Faber (R), Theresa Gavarone (R), Christina Hagan (R), James Hoops (R), Darrell Kick (R), Riordan McClain (R), RIck Perales (R), William Seitz (R), Shane Wilkin (R), Ron Young (R)

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose


To amend sections 9.68, 307.932, 2307.601, 2901.05, 2901.09, 2923.11, 2923.12, 2923.126, 2923.16, 2923.18, 2923.20, 2953.37, 5321.01, and 5321.13 and to repeal section 2923.1212 of the Revised Code to modify the state preemption of local firearm regulations and related remedies; to assign to the prosecution the burden of disproving a self-defense or related claim; to expand the locations at which a person has no duty to retreat before using force under both civil and criminal law; to limit the use of the affirmative defense of self-defense, defense of another, or defense of a person's residence under both civil and criminal law; to modify the Concealed Handgun Licensing Law regarding the carrying of additional identification and a licensee's duty to keep the licensee's hands in plain sight; to modify penalties for illegally carrying a concealed firearm or improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle; to expand the offense and penalties for unlawful transactions in weapons; to repeal the required posting of warning signs regarding the possession of weapons on specified premises; to provide an affirmative defense to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle for handguns in the vehicle without the defendant's knowledge; to generally bar any subsidized residential premises lease from requiring a tenant to agree to a restriction on a lawful firearm, a firearm component, or ammunition within the tenant's rental dwelling unit; and to exclude certain firearms from the definitions of sawed-off firearm and dangerous ordnance.


Committee Vote 5/23/18

Passed 7-3

House Vote 11/14/18

Passed 65-32

Senate Committee - 12/6/18

Passed 7-3

Senate Vote - 12/6/18

Passed 19-10

House Passage - 12/6/18

Passed 59-22
Scored Vote: Ohio Passes "Stand Your Ground" Legislation

As expected, the Ohio state House of Representatives passed HB 228 by a 65-32 vote. This dangerous bill would dramatically lessen the responsibility a person claiming self-defense has to justify or avoid a situation in which they use a firearm. If the bill becomes law, it would:

assign to the prosecution the burden of disproving a self-defense or related claim; to expand the locations at which a person has no duty to retreat before using force under both civil and criminal law; to limit the use of the affirmative defense of self-defense, defense of another, or defense of a person's residence under both civil and criminal law; to modify the Concealed Handgun Licensing Law regarding the carrying of additional identification and a licensee's duty to keep the licensee's hands in plain sight; to modify penalties for illegally carrying a concealed firearm or improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle; to expand the offense and penalties for unlawful transactions in weapons; to repeal the required posting of warning signs regarding the possession of weapons on specified premises; to provide an affirmative defense to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle for handguns in the vehicle without the defendant's knowledge; to generally bar any subsidized residential premises lease from requiring a tenant to agree to a restriction on a lawful firearm, a firearm component, or ammunition within the tenant's rental dwelling unit; and to exclude certain firearms from the definitions of sawed-off firearm and dangerous ordnance.

The final vote saw one Democrat - Jack Cera - support the legislation over opposition from the Fraternal Order of Police, gun safety organizations, and his own colleagues. Cera is a A-rated by the NRA. Cera did not have a primary or general election opponent in 2018.

I have updated Ohio’s Report Card to reflect actions taken on this bill - sponsorship, committee vote, and floor vote. The legislation now goes to the Ohio state Senate, where Republicans hold a veto-proof majority.

Ohio House Poised to Pass Stand Your Ground Legislation

Jim Segal of the Columbus Dispatch reports on the impending vote in the Ohio state House on a stand-your-ground law:

House Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, said last spring, prior to the legislature’s break for the summer and the fall campaign season, that the House had a veto-proof majority to pass the bill. However, a vote was delayed until after last week’s elections, although a veto from Gov. John Kasich remains a strong possibility. Kasich has been upset that his fellow Republicans in the legislature have refused to act on his proposals intended to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” provision to allow a judge to order the removal of guns from people deemed a danger.

The Fraternal Order of Police is opposed to the legislation, and the local chapter of Moms Demand Action has been working hard against it. Still, the bill passed out of committee easily and is expected to pass.

LEAP Forward will be scoring action on this legislation and urging opposition.