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 buckeyfirearms.org:
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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