Wednesday, December 02, 2015

OH: Gun Reform Passes House with Wide Margins, Moves to Senate

House Bill 48 is the prominent gun law reform bill pending in Ohio.  It is a modest bill that makes only a few reforms.  It removes silly prohibitions on permit holders from carrying concealed guns in day care centers, in the unsecured areas of airports, and other "gun free zones".   It passed the House by over 2-1 (68-29) on 17 November,  and has 42 cosponsors in the house, including the Speaker.  The bill is now before the Senate.  Here is a summation of HB48(pdf):

To amend sections 311.42, 2923.12, 2923.122, and 2923.126 of the Revised Code to modify the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun  onto institutions of higher education, day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals and police stations, and school safety zones and to allow a sheriff to use concealed handgun  license fee revenue to purchase ammunition and firearms.
According to Buckeye Firearms, Chairman Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) has refered to current "gun free zones" as "unarmed victim zones".  From
Maag refers to the currently prohibited places as "unarmed victim zones," noting that people risk becoming a victim of a crime when they are required to leave their firearms at home.
The bill has not been scheduled for a Senate hearing at this time.

Ohio passed significant gun reforms a year ago.  Governor Kasich signed H.B. 234 into law on December 19th, 2014.  That law received a higher percentage of support in the Senate than it did in the House.   There were large vote margins for passage of the H.B. 234 last year; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House. While H.B. 48 is not the same as H.B. 234, the coalition brought together to pass it is likely very similar.

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Wireless.Phil said...

Why does the sheriff need firearms and ammo when they got loads from government surplus, more firearms than the have men to shoot them?

Wireless.Phil said...

Arming up, maybe, maybe not?

FBI says background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday
Akron Beacon Journal-10 hours ago
WASHINGTON: Black Friday set a record for the number of firearms background check requests received by the FBI.

The FBI says it processed 185,345 gun background checks last Friday, more than two a second.

FBI background checks are required for gun purchases "from federally licensed gun dealers" and for permits to carry guns. But a background check does not mean that a gun was purchased.

Anonymous said...

There is no mention of back ground checks in the second amendment. It does say Shall not infringe. And the fact that the right to keep and bear arms was an un alienable right before the constitution ever existed makes back ground checks unconstitutional. The second amendment was written to prevent congress from having any authority to pass any laws concerning the right to keep and bear arms. any law concerning arms is an infringement. Legally Shall Not is an absolute command, the strongest legal phrase that can be used. Nothing related to the right to keep and bear arms is valid law, by original intent.