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Ohio: NRA-Backed Bills Scheduled for Committee Votes This Week!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ohio: NRA-Backed Bills Scheduled for Committee Votes This Week!

With only a few days left in the 2015-2016 legislative session, tw​o pro-gun bills are scheduled to be voted out of their respective committees on Tuesday, December 6.  Please urge members of the House State Government Committee to vote in favor of Senate Bill 199 and urge members of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee to vote in favor of Sub. House Bill 48Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members!

Sponsored by state Senator Joe Uecker (R-14), SB 199 would exempt active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces from the concealed carry permit license requirements.  The bill would make several important changes in the Concealed Handgun Law regarding a person who is an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces and is carrying a valid military identification card and a certificate issued by the person's applicable service branch indicating that the person has successfully completed small arms qualification (qualifying member of the military).

In addition, an amendment to SB 199 has been filed to allow an employee to store a firearm in his or her locked vehicle without fear of employer retribution.  Throughout the country, many employers have adopted “No Firearms” policies that extend beyond the physical workplace to include employee parking lots – areas often accessible to the general public and not secure.  These misguided policies leave employees to choose between protecting themselves during their commutes and be subject to termination by their employers.  The fundamental right to self-defense should not stop simply because employees park their cars in publicly accessible parking lots owned by their employers.  This amendment would correct that problem by prohibiting employers from establishing, maintaining or enforcing such policies.

Also, the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee has scheduled to hear Sub. House Bill 48.  Sponsored by Representative Ron Maag (R-62), Sub. HB 48 would enhance law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense by expanding the list of places where citizens can legally carry concealed.

 

Without the use of a firearms to protect oneself, an individual is left at the mercy of law enforcement who often arrive after a violent crime has occurred.  Law enforcement response times vary depending on location and circumstances, but response times do not matter when individuals become victims of violent crime.  Courts have even ruled that law enforcement officers are there to enforce the law and are under no obligation to defend individuals.

The ultimate goal of Sub. HB 48 is to close current loopholes in the concealed carry regulations and ensure that law-abiding citizens are able to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Again, these critical pro-gun bills may be voted out of their respective committees this week.  Please urge members of the House State Government Committee to vote in favor of SB 199 and urge members of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee to vote in favor of Sub. HB 48.  Click the “Take Action” button above to contact the committee members with your support!

BY NRA-ILA Staff

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