Thursday, July 06, 2017

Ohio Reform of Gun Free Zone Penalties

A bill being considered in the Ohio legislature would reform the penalties for someone carrying a concealed handgun in current "gun free" zones. Current penalties are extreme.

A person who inadvertently enters such a zone in Ohio is subject to a felony charge, a maximum of 12 months in prison, and a $2,500 fine. A felony conviction removes the right to vote, or to own a fire arm under the Second Amendment.  People who have concealed carry permits are, statistically, some of the most law abiding people in the country. They are far more law abiding than the population at large, and are ten times as law abiding as police officers.  From
The Republican-sponsored bill would let concealed carry license holders take their guns into gun-free zones including restaurants, schools and courthouses as long as they’re not caught. If they are caught and if they leave immediately they won't face criminal charges.

Luke Entelis, with Everytown for Gun Safety, says this would put the burden on business owners and school employees to confront the gun owner.
From HB 233

 C)(1) No person who has a valid license to carry a concealed handgun or who is a qualified military member and is discovered carrying a concealed handgun onto land or premises in violation of a sign posted pursuant to division (C)(3)(a) of section 2923.126 of the Revised Code or in violation of section 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, or 2923.123 of the Revised Code shall do either of the following:

(a) Refuse or fail to leave the land or premises upon being requested to do so by the owner, lessee, or person in control of the land or premises or by the individual's agent or employee;

(b) Return within thirty days to the same land or premises while knowingly in possession of a firearm in violation of a sign posted pursuant to division (C)(3)(a) of section 2923.126 of the Revised Code or in violation of section 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, or 2923.123 of the Revised Code.
The penalties would be similar to other non-violent acts, such as Disturbing a lawful meeting, Failure to disperse, or Selling or donating contaminated blood.

HB 233 has 51 co-sponsors. With the sponsor, that is 52 votes. There are 132 votes in the general assembly. One of the co-sponsors is Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger.  There are 24 Republicans in the Senate, and 9 Democrats. There are 66 Republicans in the House, and 33 Democrats. The Ohio Governor is John Kasich, who has an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

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Anonymous said...

I'm wondering where the "Or right to own a gun under the second amendment" statement comes from. show me in the 26 words of the second amendment any limitation to own a gun. this is the glaring issue that I keep pointing out. All of the qualifiers have been added without constitutional authority. supreme court rulings have addressed this but no body pays attention. "No one can deny you the rights guaranteed by the constitution" If you commit a felony and you serve the sentence required by law, you have paid your debt to society. If you are not in jail or prison and have served your time you get released to rejoin society and have the need to self defense. A person with a perfect record is stopped from crossing state lines because of individual state laws. the USSC has ruled "No one can deny you any of your constitutional rights, crossing a state line included". NO ONE is self explanatory it is the same as shall not be infringed, all inclusive. the written words of the second amendment are the only words that can be considered and must be enforced. I could care less who disagrees with the 26 words of the second amendment, they are the only words that have constitutional enforcement strength. every other qualifier added by any one any where have no constitutional authority of enforcement. All of the necessary supreme court rulings are in place to support my arguments. the supreme court has ruled that a license , permit or tax is an unconstitutional infringement on any constitutionally guaranteed right and the ninth amendment covers all rights not enumerated in the bill of rights. the supreme court has ruled all legal American citizens are protected by the constitution for all rights and privileges, Non citizens are not protected. we only have one law that I know of that can remove the legal citizenship status of an American citizens and the crime is a conviction for sedition. Not If but because we have a constitution it must be enforced as written until the people ratify an amendment to change it. laws passed by congress, laws passed by states, proclamations, acts are not ratified amendments. I do not give a tinkers damn what some politicians opinion is or what any individuals opinion is my concern is for the written law, our constitution and its superiority to any other consideration. we are nation of laws and the constitution rules everything. if you do not like it there are nearly 200 other countries you can move to. do not let the door hit you in the six as you leave.

Anonymous said...

there are by careful examination many supreme court rulings that are in fact unconstitutional and brought about by political correctness or bias and opinion. I'm hoping Neil Gorsuch will start over turning some of them. but there are plenty of good rulings also. Every one of the good rulings supports National reciprocity concerning the right to keep and bear. the only reason all of the unconstitutional infringing laws that have not been ruled unconstitutional is the fault of the people supposedly challenging the laws correctly and supposedly defending our rights AND have never filed a proper case for the supreme court to hear. If the issue is ever settled those making the big bucks would be out of work. I have seriously considered going on the road to speak about second amendment issues and wake the people up. PEOPLE SHOULD STOP PAYING DUES TO DO NOTHING ORGAINIZATIONS. the morons go at fixing the problem like spell checking the Gutenberg Bible and they cant seem to get off the first page. the law is the law, is the law. it does not take a brain the size of an oil drum to read law. it says what it says. if it is not written then it does not say it. the framers that wrote the constitution used specific words for specific meanings. read the historical accounts of how many arguments and how long it took the framers to select the proper words they finally wrote down. compared to the genius of the framers we have been electing morons for many decades that apparently can not read the constitution. It is estimated we have about 63 million acts, laws and regulations on the books. so much for a small non intrusive government. You can not get out of bed in the morning without breaking a law somewhere. we are not ruled by opinion or political correctness we are ruled by constitutional law. for me I am damn tired of pompous ass holes telling me what I can or can not do. I am free, white and over 21 and they had better step aside when I come through. God gave us the right of self defense, there is no one on earth that can over rule God. the Supreme court ruled this is a nation dedicated to God, designed for Christians. we do not force any one to stay. my advice, If you do not like our constitution , get the ehll out.