After A Week Of Gun Violence, Ohio House Republicans Seek To Expand Concealed Carry

After A Week Of Gun Violence, Ohio House Republicans Seek To Expand Concealed Carry

After a spate of seven mass shootings around the U.S. in seven days, Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation that would allow Ohio … (Shutterstock) After a spate of seven mass shootings around the U.S. in seven days, Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation that would allow Ohioans aged 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon without a license. House Bill 227 , introduced Tuesday by Republican Reps. Thomas Brinkman and Kris Jordan and co-sponsored by 20 more, also contains other gun rights expansions including: Removing the requirement that licensed gun owners "promptly" notify a police officer during a stop that they have a weapon in the car. They would only need to tell the officer about the weapon if asked. Creating an expungement system for people previously convicted of concealed weapons offenses Under current law, Ohioans must seek licensure from their local sheriff to lawfully carry a concealed weapon. They must complete eight hours of firearms training and complete a criminal background and mental competency checks. Only fifteen states allow residents to carry concealed weapons without permits , according to analysis from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Constitutional carry bills like HB 227 have been introduced in every recent legislative session. However, gun advocates see this two-year session as critical, given it’s the last assembly comprised of members representing gerrymandered districts drawn on partisan lines that favor Republicans. "This is the session in which we need to pass a constitutional carry bill," said Rob Sexton, legislative […]

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