This Tuesday, June 12, the Ohio House State Government and Elections Committee will hold its final hearing on House Bill 495 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse. It is possible that a committee vote may occur after this hearing on this important pro-gun reform legislation.
|It is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the House State Government and Elections Committee immediately and urge them to SUPPORT HB 495! Contact information for committee members can be found here.|
This important pro-gun reform legislation was introduced on March 27 by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-89) and would address several problems with current Ohio gun laws. Specifically, HB 495 would make the following changes:
- Establish automatic reciprocity between Ohio and other states that have automatic reciprocity for their concealed handgun licenses. Currently, the Attorney General must enter into a written agreement with another state to establish reciprocity. HB 495 would still allow for written agreements between the states if the other state does not have automatic reciprocity, but it eliminates the requirement for a written agreement if reciprocity can occur automatically by operation of law.
- Eliminate the renewal competency certification requirement for concealed carry licenses. Currently, after the first renewal of a concealed handgun license, applicants must submit proof of renewed certification to show that range competency for all subsequent renewals. HB 495 would make it so that applicants can simply show an existing or expiring license or one's original competency certificate as proof of the necessary training for all renewals.
- Change the definition of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Currently, a firearm is considered loaded if a loaded magazine is present in the vehicle, even if the magazine is not inserted into the firearm. HB 495 would change the definition so that the magazine must be inserted into the firearm before it is considered loaded.
- Define “Concealed Handgun License” in one section of the revised code and clarify that this definition applies to all references to a concealed handgun license in the revised code. HB 495 would simplify the state code and make it easier to read, understand, comply with and enforce.