Constitutional Carry, the policy shaping Ohio’s gun control laws

Constitutional Carry, the policy shaping Ohio's gun control laws

The first page of HB 227. DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – In the last month there have been two mass shootings in America. One in Boulder, CO and another in Atlanta, GA . The violence has caused concern across the political spectrum, prompting calls for change, including in Ohio. Dayton 24/7 Now’s Chelsea Sick spoke with legislators and gun violence victims after Ohio House Republicans introduced changes to House Bill 227. One of the major changes the bill proposes to Ohio’s gun control laws would allow any adult in Ohio over the age of 21 to carry a weapon without needing a permit. The full text of the bill is uploaded below. On Tuesday, March, 30, 2021 Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced she was a co-sponsor of the bill and explained, The bill creates a two-tiered system for concealed carrying of firearms for lawful purposes in Ohio. The first level removes the requirement for law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Ohio. The second level provides citizens with the ability to obtain an optional concealed handgun license (CHL) that is valid throughout Ohio and will allow carrying firearms in other states. Dayton 24/7 Now spoke with Dr. Robert Clark from Cedarville University to help explain Constitutional Carry and the arguments used both for and against the policy. Clark explained that the name comes from gun control legislation in 18 states that allow citizens to carry a weapon without need of a permit. States that require […]

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