Today, October 24, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 142 with a 69-25 vote.
Under Substitute HB 142, a concealed handgun licensee is only required to present the license or verbally notify a police officer once requested to present their driver’s license upon being stopped by an officer for a law enforcement purpose. By clarifying this disclosure requirement, it gives motorists a clear set of steps to follow when stopped by law enforcement. This substitute bill also lowers the penalty to a minor misdemeanor, eliminates the possibility of a suspended license or imprisonment, and reduces the fine not to exceed $25.
Your NRA would like to thank the legislators who voted in favor of this critical legislation to move Ohio in the right direction towards reforming the law to ensure penalties are closer in matching the offense. Substitute HB 142 will now be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration. Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.