COLUMBUS—State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Township) today announced that House Bill 79, legislation that would allow tactical medical professionals to carry firearms while on duty, received proponent testimony in the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee this week.

The legislation, which is jointly sponsored by Reps. Hagan and Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton), would allow tactical medical professionals to carry firearms in order to protect themselves or others in immediate need. The bill specifies that these individuals must have already received firearms training and are authorized to carry a firearm by the law enforcement agency they are associated with.

“House Bill 79 helps in the advancement of extending 2nd amendment rights to tactical medical professionals, TEMS, while on duty in dangerous situations,” Rep. Hagan said. “I am thankful for our first responders and all that they sacrifice for our safety. These men and women are heroes amongst us.” 

“Tactical medical professionals” are defined as emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, and doctors who are trained and certified in a nationally recognized tactical medical training program. Through this legislation, these medical professionals would join law enforcement officers who are approved to carry firearms in current law and would help to clarify the statute for local departments.

Proponent testimony was provided by several individuals, including Rep. Hagan’s brother, John Hagan Jr., who is a firefighter EMT in conjunction with SWAT for the Columbus Division of Fire, as well as others from Ohio fire departments and medical centers.

State Rep. Hagan is currently serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 50th House District, which includes eastern Stark County.

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