Ohio House Democratic lawmakers recently voiced objections over House Bill (HB) 233, legislation that allows concealed carry permit holders to knowingly bring guns or deadly weapons into daycares, schools, airports, bars and other restricted spaces, so long as the permit holder leaves when asked to do so. Individuals who refuse to leave or return to the same business while carrying a prohibited weapon within 30 days will be subject to a fourth degree misdemeanor.
“The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Restaurant Association and numerous other public safety groups joined together in opposition to this legislation. We look for the Governor’s leadership in exercising his veto authority to stop this dangerous threat to public safety,” said Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon).
HB 233 essentially eliminates any penalty for permit holders who knowingly carry a deadly weapon in a secure area if they leave the premises upon request.
The bill also modifies the list of places required to post signs notifying consumers of prohibited weapons. Under HB 233, daycares and certain government buildings are no longer encouraged to post prohibited weapon signage, and airports must alter their signage placement from the airport facility to passenger or screening checkpoints.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.