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House Committee Passes Second Amendment Preservation Act

November 15, 2023
Republican Newsroom

COLUMBUS—The House Government Oversight Committee yesterday passed House Bill 51, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, announced joint sponsors State Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) and State Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland).

The Second Amendment Preservation Act enacts anti-commandeering legislation, which relieves Ohio law enforcement agencies from enforcing unconstitutional federal gun-control laws, executive orders, or agency rule interpretations. 

“This Second Amendment Preservation Act protects one of our most fundamental rights as citizens,” Loychik said. “This bill allows Ohio’s law enforcement to carry out Ohio’s laws when it comes to owning guns, ammunition, and accessories. If any of these protections are violated, the bill permits an Ohioan to take action against agencies who have violated the SAPA Act."

The legislation also eliminates references of the United States Code as they relate to gun laws in Ohio, ensuring that Ohio gun law is the standard for those who reside in the state.

“This important legislation protects the rights of all Ohioans,” said Schmidt. “This is a straightforward bill that will ensure Ohioan’s Second Amendment rights are not infringed upon.”

The Second Amendment Preservation Act now moves to House floor for a vote.