Please contact your state Representative and urge him/her to support Sub. HB 48!
Yesterday, Sub. House Bill 48 was approved by a vote of 9-2 by the Ohio House State Government Committee. The measure will now move on to the state House of Representatives where it could be considered before the summer recess.
As previously reported, Sub. HB 48, sponsored by Representative Ron Maag (R-62), would expand where Ohio carry permit holders may lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense. The bill would also give discretion for college institutions to allow concealed carry on their campuses.
Sub. HB 48 would expand the right of self-defense by eliminating “victim zones” that put law-abiding citizens at risk of becoming a victim of a crime. The importance of this legislation is underscored by the fact that since 1983, the number of Right-to-Carry states has increased from 8 to 41 “shall issue” licensing/permitting throughout the country. As the number of Right-to-Carry states has increased to an all-time high, the nation’s murder and total violent crime rates have decreased to 43-year lows, respectively.
The proposed revisions offered by Sub. House Bill 48 are nothing more than practical changes to gun laws in Ohio. The ultimate goal is to close current loopholes in the concealed carry regulations and ensure that the law abiding are able to exercise their Second Amendment rights.