State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announces that Senate Bill 215, known as the Constitutional Carry bill, has been signed into law in Ohio. Powell has been an adamant supporter of gun rights for Ohio citizens.
The measure allows law-abiding Ohioans to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. It is the most significant 2nd Amendment legislation approved by lawmakers in years.
“This is a historic day for both Ohioans and for the country,” Powell said. “This legislation secures 2nd Amendment rights for Ohioans, and empowers our law-abiding citizens with the right to carry without having to go through burdensome government red-tape.”
Powell notes Ohio is now the 23rd constitutional carry state in the nation.
Under the bill, if an individual is 21 and legally qualifies for a concealed carry license, they can legally carry that handgun concealed for any lawful purposes with no additional licenses, fees or paperwork required.
Ohioans can still apply for a concealed handgun license if they wish, but it would no longer be mandatory. Some Ohioans, for example, may seek a concealed-carry permit for reciprocity purposes when traveling to other states.
After being signed into law yesterday, the bill will take effect in 90 days.