Ohio: Right to Carry Reform Bill Passes Committee Vote

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National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- This week, Substitute House Bill 142 passed the Ohio state House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations with a vote of 9-2.

This bill will reform the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee notify a law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, like a routine traffic stop.  Substitute HB 142 will nowhead to the House floor for consideration.  Please contact your representative and urge them to SUPPORT this important Right to Carry legislation.

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Sponsored by state Representative Scott Wiggam (R-1), the original House Bill 142 would have removed this requirement.  The substitute bill instead clearly specifies that the licensee is only required to present the license or verbally notify once requested to present their driver’s license upon being stopped by an officer for a law enforcement purpose.  By clarifying this disclosure requirement, it gives motorists a clear set of steps to follow when stopped by law enforcement.  In addition, Ohio currently has the most draconian criminal penalty of states with similar laws, possibly resulting in a serious misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000 as well as suspension of the concealed handgun license.  This substitute bill instead lowers the penalty to a minor misdemeanor, eliminates the possibility of a suspended license or imprisonment, and reduces the fine not to exceed $25.

Your NRA would like to thank the committee members who voted in favor of this critical legislation to move Ohio in the right direction towards reforming the law to ensure penalties are closer in matching the offense.  Again, please contact your representative and urge them to vote in favor of this important legislation.  Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Darrel Appleby

I’ve sent the NRA a letter wanting to rescind my life membership with them over this.
Frankly I think every member in the state of Ohio should do this.
It just might get the point across
I’ve been a life member for over 30 years.

Kim D. Campbell

Rep. Wiggam’s original bill was a model of simplicity. The sub bill voted out of committee (with both BFA and NRA blessing) is a convoluted mess that will likely be used as a cash cow for municipalities and will result in more people have “carrying a concealed weapon” charge on their records – which will just do wonders for many employment opportunities. It should be opposed.

Chuck LaRosa

This bill is bullshit! OFCC had this bill introduced and from the get go the NRA worked to have it “compromised”. It has MANY problems because the bill was not well thought out. Repealing notification was NEVER a part of the NRA’s agenda for Ohio, and now they’re claiming credit for this half assed POS bill that will continue jamming up Ohioans. But hey, the NRA doesn’t live in Ohio, so they don’t care about what we want. They only want to market this so they can make money off of fixing it in the future. I have an eight… Read more »


Along with sending ‘please say no’ emails to Gov. Kasich and my reps, I used the Contact link at NRA-ILA to send them this message: “I’ve read repeatedly of how NRA has destroyed good legislation in other states by pushing ‘compromise’ bills. I thought it was just sour grapes and that there must have been good reasoning behind NRA interference. But being an Ohio resident and watching this bill closely I see you’ve done nothing but set us up. This Sub is more complicated and convoluted than the original law. It is open to interpretation by anti-gun municipalities. Ohio CHL… Read more »


There is absolutely no need to notify that you either have a permit or are carrying. It has nothing to do with the traffic stop and the old “officer safety” argument is specious at best. There is no proof that it impacts officer safety one way or the other.