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

March 2, 2022
Brigid Kelly News

COLUMBUS —State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) issued a statement following the Ohio House passage of Senate Bill (SB) 215, Republican-backed legislation that undermines public safety laws that currently require permits for people who carry hidden, loaded handguns in public. SB 215 would eliminate the requirement for concealed weapon training and reduce penalties if a gun owner fails to notify law enforcement they are carrying. 

“SB 215 is a dangerous, reckless bill that will put law enforcement officers in danger and make our communities less safe for everyone,” said Rep. Kelly. “Gun violence continues to have a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of individuals and families in our state. We should be focusing on how to make Ohioans safer, not stripping away important, potentially lifesaving training.”

Democrats introduced several commonsense gun safety amendments during session, 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, and cut off debate on SB 215 before all Democrats were able to speak on the legislation.