Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the Ohio General Assembly for its overwhelming support of legislation that expands the rights of concealed carry permit holders in the Buckeye state.
“Crimes can happen anywhere, at any time. Gun free zones don’t deter criminals, they create victims," said Amy Hunter, Ohio spokesperson, NRA-ILA. "This important piece of legislation will make people safer. If enacted, concealed carry permit holders will be able to exercise their rights in places where they are currently left defenseless. Additionally, this bill awards military members – who are already among America’s most trusted citizens – more freedom to employ their Second Amendment freedoms.”
If signed by Gov. John Kasich, Senate Bill 199 will expand the list of places a concealed carry permit holder can have their firearm. For example, SB 199 would allow permit holders to store their firearms in their vehicles when parked at work. Additionally, SB 199 will allow members of the military to carry concealed without a permit.
The bill overwhelmingly passed the General Assembly early Friday and now heads to the governor’s desk to await his signature.
“This legislation would make Ohio a safer place. It’s as simple as that,” concluded Hunter.
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