Retherford Announces House Concurrence On Bill Authorizing Tactical Medical Professionals To Carry Firearms
Legislation works to protect Ohio's first responders in dangerous situations
February 16, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) applauded the House’s concurrence vote this week on House Bill 79, legislation he jointly sponsored that allows tactical medical professionals, such as nurses and paramedics on regional SWAT teams, to carry firearms while on duty.

In the event of a life-threatening situation, House Bill 79 allows these public servants to carry firearms in order to protect themselves and others in immediate need or danger. The bill specifies that these first responders must have already received firearms training and are authorized to carry a firearm by the law enforcement agency they are associated with.

“I’m pleased with the work this legislature has done on HB 79,” Rep. Retherford said. “By ensuring that these Tactical Medical Professionals can carry when responding with a SWAT team, we give them additional tools necessary to protect themselves and their patients in the field. These men and women are heroes and deserve every tool possible to ensure they can successfully perform their duties.”

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, such as SWAT. Through this legislation, these medical professionals would join law enforcement officers who are approved to carry firearms under current law and would help to clarify the statute for local departments.

House Bill 79, jointly sponsored by State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), will now go to the governor for his consideration.


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