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Rep. Kelly: Permitless carry legislation puts Ohioans, law enforcement in danger

March 1, 2022
Brigid Kelly News

COLUMBUS —House Government Oversight Committee Member Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) issued a statement following the committee’s passage of Senate Bill (SB) 215, GOP-backed legislation that would undermine public safety laws that currently require permits for people who carry hidden, loaded handguns in public. SB 215 would eliminate the need for concealed weapon training.

“I voted no on SB 215 because it is anti-public safety, and it endangers law enforcement officers and our communities,” said Rep. Kelly. “This bill is another step in the wrong direction,  making our communities less safe for all of us.”

Democrats introduced several commonsense gun safety amendments during committee, including to: 

Enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act;
Require universal background checks for all firearms purchases;
Require that licensed firearms dealers provide information about Ohio’s gun laws with every firearms purchase.

Republicans rejected these amendments. 

After clearing the Government Oversight Committee, SB 215 moves to the House floor for further consideration.