U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)-– The Ohio Legislature has completed its votes for the Constitutional Carry bill, (permitless carry) on March 2, 2022. The bill will have some administrative procedures completed, and will then be sent to Governor DeWine. This will give Governor DeWine plenty of time to sign the bill in order to gain advantage from it in the upcoming Ohio primary election, which is scheduled for May 3rd, 2022.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, the Ohio House voted 57-35 to pass Senate Bill 215, sponsored by Sen. Terry Johnson.
About an hour later, the Senate concurred with a vote of 24-8. This means the bill now moves to the Governor’s desk!
The bill seeks to make a concealed handgun license optional in Ohio. It also clarifies how and when a person must notify law enforcement about carrying a firearm, so that an officer simply asks.
Other sources have confirmed the votes and progress of the bill. From limaohio.com:
The Ohio House Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday passed Sub Senate Bill 215, which allows Ohioans to concealed carry without a permit and removes required training and background checks for gun owners. The so-called “constitutional carry bill” passed on the House floor, 57-35, on Wednesday and an hour later passed in the Ohio Senate, 24-8. Now it awaits the governor’s signature.
The votes have yet to be entered on the official Ohio legislature site, as of the time of this writing. As noted in the previous article, Governor DeWine is expected to sign the bill. Once the bill is signed, it would become effective in about 90 days, according to Buckeye Firearms.
There are 21 states which have Constitutional Carry in effect. They are:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Ohio is on the path to becoming the 22nd member of the Constitutional Carry club. If Ohio makes Constitutional Carry the law in the state, about 57% of the land area of the United States will be controlled by legal systems with laws consistent with Constitutional Carry.
Several other states have been considering Constitutional Carry legislation. A close contender, Indiana, had a Constitutional Carry bill killed in the Republican controlled Senate a few days before the Ohio vote.
Alabama is very close to passing a Constitutional Carry bill. Several other states are considering Constitutional Carry legislation.
Nebraska appears to be the next most likely state on the list. Georgia and Florida’s governors have embraced the concept, but legislative maneuvers among “moderate” Republicans may kill the legislation in those states. In Indiana, it was reported Governor Holcombe wanted the bill killed.
In Georgia, the bill, SB319 has passed the Senate and has been sent to the House.
In Florida, a bill has been introduced in the House, but has not seen any movement yet. Lee Williams believes Governor DeSantis can get the bill passed if he is willing to make it a priority.
Constitutional Carry is a close approximation of the state of law which existed when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. At that time, no state or federal government required any permit for people to carry weapons in most public places, openly or concealed.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.