Posted March 05, 2019 09:00:56OHIO lawmakers have passed a bill allowing citizens to carry guns in public without a permit and have authorized a new law allowing citizens who do not have a permit to carry a firearm in their homes.
The Ohio House voted 24-17 on Friday to pass House Bill 738, which gives citizens the right to carry concealed weapons in public and allows them to carry without a concealed-carry permit.
The House also approved House Bill 1, which also allows citizens to bring their guns into private residences, but restricts the carrying of weapons in homes.
Both bills now go to the Senate, which is expected to approve them.
A bill passed by the Ohio Senate earlier this year also would allow Ohioans to carry weapons outside their homes, but was blocked by the House.
Republican Governor John Kasich, who signed the legislation into law, said the bill was a step in the right direction.
“This law will allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, while protecting our communities and our state from dangerous and illegal weapons,” Kasich said in a statement.
“Ohioans will have the ability to carry their weapons on their person, and they will not be able to keep their weapons in cars, in the glove compartment or on their backpacks.”
We have no intention of allowing the law-breaking to continue, but it is important that this law is in place to prevent any unnecessary gun violence.
“Senate Majority Leader Jim Renacci, a Republican, called the measure a step forward in the state.”
There’s no question the concealed carry bill passed today is an important step in Ohio,” Renacci said in the statement.”
Ohioans should have a legal right to self-protection.
This bill gives them that right, and we will continue to work to pass it into law.
“Ohioans who want to carry handguns in public are also now able to do so with a permit from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
They must show a background check for the permit.
The law requires a background search, but the search is voluntary.
Under the new law, people who want a permit must obtain a license from the bureau, which can take about a month.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has said it is taking steps to reduce the number of illegal guns in the Buckeye State.
The agency will be sending out a notice to law-enforcement agencies in March to allow Ohio residents to carry firearms in their home and at places of business, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
The law also provides a two-year window for residents to apply for a permit, which allows them three months to obtain a permit.
Ohioans can also carry firearms on their own property, but must apply to the county sheriff’s office.