Yesterday, July 6, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 233 with a 65-31 vote. HB 233 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.
Under HB 233, if a concealed handgun licensee or qualified military member is discovered carrying a concealed handgun in a place where carrying a concealed firearm is prohibited or restricted, the person is subject to removal from the property, but is not guilty of violating the firearms prohibition. If the person fails to leave upon request or returns with a concealed handgun within thirty days of the violation of the firearms prohibition, the person is guilty of disorderly conduct, classified as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. A penalty much more fitting to the violation than current law.
Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.