22 April 2008

Ohio Senate Hearing Wednesday Will Hear CCW 'Fix' Legislation

At 10 am Wednesday, the Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to meet in Columbus, and one of the issues on the agenda is a hearing for SB 318, the "Firearms Modernization Act" sponsored by Sen. Keith Faber (R-12). The bill is being referred by many pundits in the Ohio Statehouse as the "Concealed Carry Fix-It Bill."

It is a reasonable (there's that "r" word again) moniker. Among its many provisions, SB 318 will:

- allow a concealed carry licensee to carry concealed handguns in buildings that are owned or leased by the state or a political subdivision of this state and are located in a park or rest area or are not used for a primary governmental function;

- alter the requirements for renewing a concealed carry license, to allow a concealed carry licensee to carry a handgun in places of higher education, places of worship, daycare centers, and government buildings if the handgun is unloaded and in a closed package, box, or case;

- prohibit a landlord from prohibiting a concealed carry licensee who is a tenant or guest from lawfully carrying or possessing handguns in residential premises;

- allow concealed carry licensees to carry a concealed handgun in designated drop-off and pick-up areas of school safety zones;

- allow a concealed carry licensee to carry a concealed handgun in a type D liquor permit establishment if the D permit holder does not allow consumption of beer, wine, or intoxicating liquor on the premises;

- exempt from certain concealed carry law requirements a person transporting a weapon in a motor vehicle;

- modify the records related to the concealed carry licensing process, that a sheriff must destroy to provide that certain records relating to concealed carry licensing are not public records;

- redefine unloaded for purposes of the offense of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and;

- prohibit the confiscation of lawfully owned and carried firearms during a state of emergency or disaster.

Proponent testimony will be heard on this bill tomorrow. To read the full text of SB 318, click here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The most frustrating part of Ohio CCW law is the inability to carry in a restaurant. Disappointing it's not being addressed, as I like to eat! They are fixing the law's unintended "no carry in a supermarket," which the AG already said wouldn't be enforced, but still no carry in a restaurant - dang!

There has to be a way do distinguish a bar that serves some food from a restaurant that serves some drinks with your meal.

Should be something like no drinking while carrying, and no carrying in places where X% of the place's revenue comes from alcohol, where X is the right number to allow carry in Max & Erma's, but prohibit in _______ (sorry, I'm so out of touch I can't think of one bar's name that is still in business!).

A, Esq.