COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) applauded the Ohio House passage of Substitute Senate Bill 81, sponsored by State Senator Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati). Sub. S.B. 81 implements several changes to Ohio’s concealed handgun license policies with regard to veterans of the U.S. military. These changes seek to show respect to Ohio’s veterans and active military personnel, acknowledging the fact that they are already trained to use handguns and have fully committed to serving the U.S.

Current law requires armed forces veterans to apply for a concealed handgun license with documentation proving that person’s retirement or honorable discharge, with a ten-year time limit after the retirement or discharge. After ten years has passed, the documentation is no longer accepted as proof. Sub. S.B. 81 removes this time limit, and also allows veterans to renew their licenses at any time before they expire.

Sub. S.B. 81 waives the license application fee for both retired and honorably discharged veterans, as well as for those who are active or reserve members of the U.S. armed forces. The fee waiver will be capped at $1.5 million for each calendar year.

“With the passage of this bill, our active duty members of the military and retired veterans will be able to benefit from the training they have already received,” stated Rep. Romanchuk. “Waiving the fee to obtain a concealed carry license is just a small token of our appreciation for all they have done.”

Having passed out of the House, Sub. S.B. 81 now heads to the desk of Governor Kasich.


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