COLUMBUS, Ohio – A vote was expected on Wednesday on House Bill 178 (HB 178), the state’s Constitutional Carry bill. It had its seventh hearing in the House Federalism Committee that included multiple amendments, five proponent testimonies and 25 opponents. The committee was forced to recess so members could attend session, and reconvened afterwards. Then Speaker Larry Householder pushed the pause button.
An Ohio House committee on Wednesday considered legislation opposed by law enforcement groups that would drop the requirement for people carrying concealed weapons to say they are armed during interactions with officers.
Check point: While the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature in recent years has loosened gun-control laws, an activist group wants to force them to consider mandatory background checks. As cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer reports, the group Ohioans For Gun Safety on Monday got the ball rolling on a citizen-initiated statute to close a statutory “loophole” that allows firearm sales at gun shows without a background check. If the drive is successful, lawmakers would have four months to pass the measure or it could be put before Ohio voters.
Red flag laws. Permitless concealed carry. Safe storage of guns. Stand your ground.
The future of Ohio's gun laws – whether access to firearms is expanded or restricted – depends largely on the state's new governor, Mike DeWine.
HB 178 is a dangerous bill that the Ohio House Federalism Committee is now considering. This bill will allow anyone over 21 years of age and not prohibited by law to carry hidden loaded guns in public without a license, training, background check or oversight.
Democrats in the Ohio House are all but certain to encounter the same obstacle that faced John Kasich — Republican legislative majorities will little interest in even modest steps aimed at curbing gun violence. Yet it is important that Democrats press the case. In doing so, they remind Ohioans, as the former governor did, that it is possible to strike a sensible balance between individual gun rights and the priority of public safety.
Sharon Stout of Springfield said there has got to be a better way to protect people from gun violence, especially when the person responsible for that violence has mental health issues.
A pair of local lawmakers introduced legislation in the Ohio House that would require gun owners to keep firearms in a locked safe if there are children in the home.
Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s deeply concerned about attacks at houses of worship, including at a synagogue in California this weekend. And that has him looking into a specific type of gun legislation that’s failed to move in the Republican dominated legislature before.
The bill, which is currently in committee, states that if you're 21 and legally allowed to possess a weapon, you're legally allowed to carry that weapon for any lawful purpose with no additional licenses, fees or paperwork.
To amend sections 3313.536 and 5502.01 and to enact sections 5502.70, 5502.701, 5502.702, and 5502.703 of the Revised Code to create the Ohio School Marshal Program.
To amend sections 109.69, 109.731, 311.41, 311.42, 311.43, 1547.69, 2921.13, 2923.11, 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, 2923.123, 2923.124, 2923.125, 2923.126, 2923.127, 2923.128, 2923.129, 2923.1210, 2923.1211, 2923.1212, 2923.1213, 2923.16, 2953.37, and 4749.10 and to enact section 2923.111 of the Revised Code to modify the Weapons Law by renaming a concealed handgun license as a concealed weapons license, allowing a concealed weapons licensee to carry concealed all deadly weapons not otherwise prohibited by law, repealing a notice requirement applicable to licensees stopped for a law enforcement purpose, authorizing expungement of convictions of a violation of that requirement, and allowing a person age 21 or older and not prohibited by federal law from firearm possession to carry a concealed deadly weapon without needing a license subject to the same carrying laws as a licensee.
To amend sections 2923.12, 2923.126, 2923.128, and 2923.16 of the Revised Code to modify the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun when stopped.