OH - HB 225 for Sweeping and Necessary CCW Reform
Ohio House Bill 225 has been introduced in the Legislature. This bill will bring sweeping and necessary changes to Ohio's concealed carry laws. We have gained a lot of ground in the short time since HB12 was passed in 2004, but more work remains.
Ohioans For Concealed Carry will bring you all updates to the progress of this bill as they develop.
Points in HB 225 include:
--Authorization of a person to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a license to the same extent as if the person had obtained such a license if the person qualifies for a concealed carry license and is legally permitted to purchase a handgun.
--Removal of the requirement to inform approaching law enforcement officers that the person has a license and is carrying the handgun when the person is carrying a concealed handgun.
--Removal of the prohibition of carrying a concealed handgun at all institutions of higher learning (public and private), places of worship, day-care centers and homes, and government buildings other than schools, courthouses, law enforcement offices, and correctional facilities.
--Removal of the "in plain sight or secure encasement" criterion that a concealed carry licensee must satisfy to legally possess a handgun in a motor vehicle for an unlocked container/case. This would pretty much let you carry however you want.
--Repeal of the "journalist exception" to the provision that otherwise makes confidential the records a sheriff possesses regarding concealed handgun licenses and applications for such licenses.