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Two Pro-Gun Bills Move Forward in Ohio!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Please Contact Your State Representative Today!

Yesterday, Thursday, May 27, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 247, both by a vote of 23-10.  These bills now head to the House where they await a committee assignment.

SB239, sponsored by State Senators Shannon Jones (R-7) and Tim Shaffer (R-31), would eliminate the current confusing standards of carrying a firearm in a motor vehicle.  In addition, the proposal would also allow permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense in a restaurant that serves alcohol, provided they are not consuming, thus eliminating another “victim zone” in Ohio.

As reported earlier, Ohio has overly burdensome stipulations regarding how a concealed firearm must be carried in a motor vehicle.  Current law specifies that a firearm must be either be:

1.) In a holster secured on the person.

2.) In a closed case, bag, box, or other container that is in plain sight and that has a lid, a cover, or a closing mechanism with a zipper, snap, or buckle, which must be opened for a person to gain access to the handgun.

3.) The loaded handgun is securely encased by being stored in a closed glove compartment or center console, or in a case that is locked. A locked case does not need to be in plain sight (an unlocked case does).

SB239 is a critical step forward to help assure that Ohio permit holders or permit holders of other states are not arrested for accidentally carrying their firearm in a prohibited manner.

SB247, introduced by State Senator Jason Wilson (D-30), would clarify and bring Ohio’s statutes for the restoration of firearm rights in line with Federal law.

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB239 and SB247. Contact information for your State Representative can be found by clicking here.

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