Rep. Wiggam and Sen. Schaffer Announce Second Amendment Emergency Power Bills

Rep. Wiggam and Sen. Schaffer Announce Second Amendment Emergency Power Bills

Flanked by both state and national firearms groups that protect the rights of gun owners, State Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wayne County) and State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) held a news conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, and announced the introduction of companion bills that define the scope of government power as it relates to firearms during a time of a declared emergency. House Bill 325 and Senate Bill 185 are supported by Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). "Our legislation is simple and straightforward," stated Representative Wiggam. "The bills prevent state or local authorities from restricting legal firearms possession, transportation, carrying, training, concealed handgun license processing, shooting range access and hunting and fishing during a declared emergency." "The last year revealed the startling scope of government power during a declared emergency," explained Senator Schaffer. "It is critical that both local and state authorities understand that this power cannot be used to infringe on people’s ability to protect themselves and their families." "Although Governor DeWine’s COVID related restrictions did not restrict the rights of gun owners, other states abused their power, going as far as shutting down firearms commerce, including our neighboring Michigan," said BFA Executive Director, Dean Rieck. "This past year provided a clear warning to make sure Ohio laws were crystal clear that an emergency cannot be used as an excuse to seize gun rights." "Many politicians responded to the fear surrounding the pandemic and the […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.