COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 227, which would all law-abiding Ohioans to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
“Regulations and restrictions currently in place are not stopping violent crime, and only serve as barriers for law-abiding citizens who are trying to possess and carry weapons for self-defense, and for the defense of their loved ones,” said Brinkman. “House Bill 227 is about supporting the constitutional rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens, and I’m proud to see this bill passing the House.”
Under the bill, if you are 21 or older and can legally possess a handgun, you can legally carry that handgun concealed for any lawful purpose with no additional licenses, fees or paperwork required.
The bill does not eliminate Ohio’s concealed handgun license system, but rather makes it optional. Law-abiding Ohioans who still wish to obtain a permit would still be able to do so. For example, an Ohioan traveling to another state may wish to obtain a license for concealed carry reciprocity purposes.
“House Bill 227 Constitutional Carry represents a huge win for law-abiding gun owners in Ohio. As a Joint Sponsor of House Bill 227, I proudly stand in support of this legislation and all other bills that expand and protect Ohioan’s 2nd Amendment rights and freedoms” said Jordan.
House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) said the permit less legislation, House Bill 227, is the most significant 2nd Amendment bill to advance in the legislature in years.
“I’ve been asked why Ohio would no longer require training or permits in order to carry a concealed firearm,” Wilkin said. “My answer is I respect the constitutional rights of Ohioans and I trust them to handle firearms safely and responsibly. The fact is, most gun owners are trained, skilled and knowledgeable about firearms.”
Other elements of the bill include:
- Allows concealed carry permit holders to apply for a first-time permit or a renewal in any county, rather than just their home county.
- Retains current law and would not require churches to identify as "soft targets" by requiring posting of "no concealed carry" signs and leaves the decision of who carries with those that oversee the church.
- Requires an individual to notify a police officer if the person is carrying a concealed handgun when asked by the officer.
H.B. 227 will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.