In a political effort to hamstring Ohio House Democratic lawmakers in a pro-gun, anti-gun debate today on the House floor, Republicans brought forward House Bill (HB) 233 for a vote, 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.
“This bill places a dangerous precedent by allowing deadly weapons in daycares and schools and offers out-of-line protections for concealed gun holders” said Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland). “Public safety is a concern for all legislators, but this bill raises a higher public safety concern by seeking to protect gun owners more than our children.”
The Violence Policy Center shows that facts don’t support Ohio Republicans’ political argument for loosening concealed carry protections in the state. Since 2007, the group has tracked at least 800 murders at the hands of concealed carry killers. The group also shows people with concealed carry permits have carried out at least 29 mass shootings since 2007.
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.