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House Panel Passes Major 2nd Amendment Bill

Measure Would Allow Permit Less Carry
October 28, 2021
Republican Newsroom

COLUMBUS – Law-abiding Ohioans would be able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit under legislation approved today by an Ohio House committee. 

House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) said the permit less legislation, House Bill 227, is the most significant 2nd Amendment bill to advance in the legislature in years.

“This bill supports the constitutional rights and freedoms of law-abiding Ohioans,” Wilkin said. “Criminals aren’t going to follow the law. I proudly stand in support of ensuring law-abiding Ohioans are able to protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Wilkin thanked the National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association for their work in helping craft the historic measure. 

Under the bill, if you are 21 or older and can legally possess a handgun, you can legally carry that handgun concealed for any lawful purpose with no additional licenses, fees or paperwork required. 

“I’ve been asked why Ohio would no longer require training or permits in order to carry a concealed firearm,” Wilkin said. “My answer is I respect the constitutional rights of Ohioans and I trust them to handle firearms safely and responsibly. The fact is, most gun owners are trained, skilled and knowledgeable about firearms.”

The bill does not eliminate Ohio’s concealed handgun license system, but rather makes it optional. Law-abiding Ohioans who still wish to obtain a permit would still be able to do so. For example, an Ohioan traveling to another state may wish to obtain a license for concealed carry reciprocity purposes.  

Other elements of the bill include:

  • Allows concealed carry permit holders to apply for a first-time permit or a renewal in any county, rather than just their home county.
  • Retains current law and would not require churches to identify as "soft targets" by requiring posting of "no concealed carry" signs and leaves the decision of who carries with those that oversee the church.
  • Requires an individual to notify a police officer if the person is carrying a concealed handgun when asked by the officer.