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Ohio: Discharge Petitions Filed!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Please Contact Your State Representative Immediately!

 

Yesterday, Representative Dan Bubp successfully filed discharge petitions to bring two important bills before the House for a vote before the end of session.

As reported, before the summer recess, Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 247 passed the Senate with overwhelming margins.  Despite Senate action, these bills have been pending in the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 239, 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.  Senate Bill 239 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.

Senate Bill 247, 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.

This afternoon, the House will vote to discharge the measures from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.  This action will bring the proposals before the House for final passage next week. 

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support the discharge of SB 239 and SB 247 and when the bills come up for final passage.  Contact information for your State Representative can be found by clicking here.

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