Breaking: Ohio Governor DeWine Signs Constitutional Carry; Ohio 23rd member of Club

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine may have cracked the code on criminal violence. (Screen snip, IMG YouTube, WCPO News)

U.S.A.-(– A little before 5 pm on Monday, March 14, the Ohio Governor signed SP 215 into law. With the addition of Ohio, there are now 23 states in the Constitutional Carry club.


At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 215, which will make it legal to carry a concealed handgun without a license in Ohio 91 days after signing.

“This is a day that will go down in history,” said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. “It has been about 18 years since Ohio enacted HB 12 to bring licensed concealed carry to the state.”

According to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, here is a summary of the effects of the law:

  • Provides that a person who is a qualifying adultis not required to obtain a concealed handgun license in order to carry a concealed handgun that is not a restricted firearm.
  • Defines qualifying adultas a person who is 21 years of age or older, is not legally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under specified federal or state law, and satisfies certain specified criteria necessary to obtain a concealed handgun license.
  • Defines restricted firearmas a firearm that is dangerous ordnance or that is a firearm that any law of this state prohibits the person from possessing, having, or carrying. 
  • States that specified references to a concealed handgun licensee apply to a qualifying adult unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
  • States that expiration, suspension, and revocation references to a concealed handgun license do not apply to a qualifying adult unless the person has been issued a concealed handgun license.
  • Eliminates the requirement that a concealed handgun licensee must carry a concealed handgun license in order to carry a concealed handgun.
  • Modifies the duty to notify by providing that a concealed handgun licensee or active duty military member, before or at the time a law enforcement officer or motor carrier enforcement unit employee asks if the person is carrying a concealed handgun, must disclose that the person is carrying a handgun unless the person has already notified another law enforcement officer or motor carrier enforcement unit employee of that fact.
  • Permits expungement of convictions based on failure to comply with the notification requirements described in the preceding dot point.

There is a detailed analysis at the Legislative Service Commission site.

The text of the law is available at this site

The law should go into9 effect 91 days after signing. By this correspondent’s calculations, that would be on June 14, 2022.

In this correspondent’s opinion, it is dedicated Second Amendment activist groups in each state which have brought about the restoration of Constitutional Carry in so many states. 

It is important to have a knowledgeable, talented, dedicated lobbyist on-site, at the state level. 

The current members of the Constitutional Carry club are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Alabama’s law goes into effect on January 1, 2023.

Indiana has a Constitutional Carry bill on the way to Governor Holcomb’s desk.

Georgia has to reconcile Constitutional Carry bills passed in the Senate and the House.

Nebraska has had a bill pass the most important barrier in its unicameral legislature.

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.

Dean Weingarten

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Green Mtn. Boy

He did the correct thing but it still doesn’t change my opinion that he is a RINO.
Ohio welcome to the free states, you made this happen.

Last edited 10 months ago by Green Mtn. Boy

‘ConCarry’: The go-to meat to pacify the natives.

AZ Hobbits felt safe in The Shire with CC so they lost both Sen seats & the White House.

Texans were wising up to Abbott’s betrayals, so CC helped him win the primary & keep sabotaging the conservative agenda.

IA “R’s” opposed Hawley-Cruz’s election audit. So, voilà! CC. All’s Well In The Shire!

AL Gov Ivey signed CC to deflect from her lockdown betrayals.

GA Gov Kemp helped DemComs steal the WH& both Sen seats, Rs pissed, primary coming, pushes CC.

DeWine’s the latest fraud to sign on.

Last edited 10 months ago by Russn8r

2 more and we have 50%


One more. Georgia today.

Alan in NH

Oh, way to go Ohio!


Notice that he signed it as late as he could on the last day he could before it would become law automatically in 90 days. There is something in Ohio’s laws (paraphrasing) that says a bill that has the majority support automatically becomes law with in 90 days. But we must remember that he ran as a “pro-gun” guy. But once he was in the State House he managed to veto almost every pro-gun bill. And he wanted to pass several anti-gun laws that several Bloomberg groups wanted him to pass. Luckily for us, (yes I’m in Ohio) our legislature… Read more »


Tisha, you are right, today, the 15th it would of automatically become law in Ohio. Dewine did this because it’s an election year…if he’s re-elected, I will bet my year’s salary that he will push for his red flag laws. He is nothing but a RINO and needs to be voted out of office


Today is just like an increasing number of days in our Republic where we are now expected to applaud disloyal cowards like DeWine because we cornered him at the right moment and intimidated him in to signing a bill he would normally try to have derailed or otherwise squashed. Sad day for our Republic.


Congratulations Ohio!


Wonders never cease!


An excellent indicator to all that this armed society is not going away.


And a strong indicator of how pissed off Republican voters are. 2 days in a row ‘ConCarry’ was the go-to meat for RINOs to pacify the natives angry about RINOs sabotaging the conservative agenda – lockdowns, mandates, doing nothing to stop election thefts, etc. Yesterday Ohio, today Georgia.

Beware voting for RINOs, squishes & saboteurs in primaries who suddenly become amenable to CC & toothless 2A sanctuary laws (no penalty for violating) in order to ward off conservative challengers. E.g. Kay Ivey, Greg Abbott, Brian Kemp, Mike DeWine, Doug Ducey, Mark Brnovich, Kim Reynolds (claims Xiden’s victory was ‘legitimate’).

Last edited 10 months ago by Russn8r

Getting out of the way of “CC” also helps appease NRA members angry over massive corruption & betrayals.

25 years ago, “ConCarry” was commonly called Vermont Carry and NRA actively sabotaged efforts of legislators to take it to other states.

e.g. NRA threatened to downgrade Colorado State Rep Marilyn Musgrave and tell members she was “anti-gun” if she kept pushing the kind of Permitless Carry they now take undeserved credit for.


Dear Ohio, welcome to the club. Signed Idaho.


Oh no – yet another state where the blood will run ankle deep in the streets, shootouts at high noon, duels at dawn etc etc. Same old gloom and doom predictions that the antis have used ever since Florida got the big ball rolling with their concealed carry law – how many decades ago now? Never mind that other states – notably Washington – had concealed carry laws on the books long before Florida did – and there were few – if any – problems with Law Abiding Citizens legally carrying. It ain’t the ‘good guys/gals that are the problem… Read more »


Florida is now rich with transplants that have bought there politics with them fleeing Democratic run sacuantary run states. Full of crime run by those the elected. Give it time they make the same mistakes over and over electing more democrats the madness continues.


Why does the governor need to sign anything? Isn’t there already a law stating we have the right to keep and bear arms? After all, isn’t the constitution the supreme law of the land per article 6 clause 2 of the constitution for the united States and the Constitution of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA?


Very nice point

Wild Bill

I have an article some place speaking to the issue of fed gov getting away with ignoring the Constitution. I will try to find it.


I think that has become commonplace in the twenty first century The lawyers know how to use all the loopholes that founding fathers never knew were there. Granted that was a long time ago and the world goes round.


The question moving forward is how will the democratic elite counter in the future. As we can clearly understand the democratic socialist party continues to spread propaganda and lies to those who believe only what appears on social media.
Will they use the very left Antifa BLM and other groups to continue to commit violent acts to bring those who use the firearms in self defence before the courts. Or will they repeal constitutional carry after winning elections. Time will tell.