Legislation

 


This page contains an overview of legislation currently pending in Ohio that affects your gun rights. It contains links to each bill (click on bill name to read the text of the bill), a brief description of the bill, a summary of the bill (click on Bill Summary to read the entire analysis), the status of the bill and links to any important stories we have written about it.

The page also contains a list of past legislation introduced into the Ohio Legislature.


Current Legislative Session - 129th Ohio General Assembly, January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2012

Senate Bill 17
 - AKA Restaurant Carry
Allow concealed carry in establishments with Class D liquor permit.   Changes definition of improperly Handling firearms in a motor vehicle by a concealed carry licensee
 
Bill Summary
Click on the Bill Summary link to read the bill summary as reported by the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee 

Status of Legislation - As of 5/15/2011
Passed the Senate April 13.  See how your Senator voted by scrolling down the Senate Journal and finding the vote record here 
Sent to the House State Government and Election Committee April 14.

Related Articles:
Under Construction


Senate Bill 61 - AKA Restoration of Rights
Among other things, this bill eliminates the prohibition under the offense of "having weapons under disability" against persons with certain misdemeanor drug offense convictions from acquiring or possessing firearms or dangerous ordnance.

Bill Summary
Click on the Bill Summary link to read the bill summary as reported by the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee 

Status of Legislation as of 5/15/2011
Passed the Senate April 13.  See how your Senator voted by scrolling down the Senate Journal and finding the vote record here
Sent to the House State Government and Election Committee April 14.

Related Articles:
Under Construction



House Bill 45 - AKA Restautrant Carry
Allow concealed carry in establishments with Class D liquor permit.   Changes definition of mproperly Handling firearms in a motor vehicle by a concealed carry licensee

Bill Summary
Click on the Bill Summary link to read the bill summary as reported by the House State Government and Elections Committee

Status of Legislation - as of 5/17/2011
Passed the House May 11.  See how your Representative voted by scrollng down the House Journal and finding the vote record here   
Referred to Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee
     See who is on the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee here

Related Articles:
Under Construction


House Bill 54 - AKA Restoration of Rights
Among other things, this bill eliminates the prohibition under the offense of "having weapons under disability" against persons with certain misdemeanor drug offense convictions from acquiring or possessing firearms or dangerous ordnance.

Bill Summary
Click on the Bill Summary link to read the bill summary as reported by the House State Government and Elections Committee

Status of Legislation- as of 5/17/2011
Passed the House May 11.  See how your Representative voted by scrollng down the House Journal and finding the vote record here 
Referred to Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee
     See who is on the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee here
     


Related Articles:
Under Construction


All Bills Below This Point Either Passed or Expired

Proposed House Bill will permit concealed handgun licensees who are employees of a private employer to store the employee's handgun in a locked motor vehicle while parked on premises owned or leased by the employer.  Rep. Uecker submitted his formal request for co-sponsorship Tuesday evening, August 10th 2010.  Read full story here:
http://www.ohioccw.org/201008104889/employer-parking-lot-firearm-legislation-on-the-horizon.html


House Bill 203
To amend section 2923.121 of the Revised Code to allow a concealed carry licensee who is not consuming liquor and is not under the influence to carry a concealed handgun in a retail food establishment or food service operation with any class liquor permit issued for the location.

Status of Legislation 
This bill died at the end of the General Assembly session.   

Related Stories
Bill to remove ban on self-defense while dining introduced!

Sub. Senate Bill 184
CHL reform bill and Castle Doctrine. Changes include Tort Reform, LEO Notification change, Class D retail establishment change, school zone change, sealed records exemption, changes to the renewal requirements, changes to what government buildings are automatic bans on ccw, tenant's rights, parking lot ban decriminalization, changes to motor vehicle transport, definition of an unloaded firearm, requirements pertaining to firearms confiscations, and mandatory penalties for gun crimes.

Status of Legislation
Signed by Governor Strickland. Becomes effective September 9, 2008.

Related Stories
What does SB 184 Mean to You?




House Bill 9
An amendment was made to this public records bill that would allow a concealed carry licensee to prohibit the disclosure of the licensee's information to a journalist. That amendment was replaced in the Senate Judiciary-Civil Justice committee by changes that will now permit a journalist to "review" the licensees at a Sheriff's office, but prohibits them from copying down, recording, or otherwise leaving with complete lists. This compromise preserves journalist access for legitimate research and prevents intimidation tactics.

Status of Legislation
Signed by Governor Taft.

Related Stories
Once upon a journalist loophole poison pill
ACTION ITEM: Journalist Loophole Bill Moving




House Bill 347 (Becomes Ohio Law mid-March 2007)
The current CHL reform bill. Amongst other things, it would: remove the requirement to open carry in a motor vehicle, allow for statewide preemption of local firearms laws (requiring instead that all gun laws be made only at the state level), raise the cost of the license to $55, lengthens the term of the license to five years, allows for renewal of the license up to 90 days before expiration, requires sheriffs to accept CHL applications at least 15 hours per week and post those hours, allows law enforcement officers to transport their loaded firearms if they are legally intoxicated, raises the penalty for mishandling a concealed firearm in a motor vehicle to a fourth degree penalty, and raises the penalty for failure to inform to a third degree felony.

Status of Legislation
Vetoed by Ohio Governor Taft. Veto overridden by Ohio House 71-21. Veto overridden by Ohio Senate 21-12. Becomes law March 14th, 2007 unless challenged in court. Obey all current laws!

Related Stories
Representative Aslanides Introduces HB347: HB12 Reform Legislation
Substitute House Bill 347 Changes AND Hearing Audio
Toledo: Let the crying over statewide pre-emption begin
Senator Niehaus expects HB347 to pass in the fall
Senate Leadership Won't Pass HB347 Before Elections
Aslanides Holds Out Hope For HB347
Senate President Harris says it'll pass, Plain Dealer anti-gun editorial follows
Columbus Dispatch: Deal on HB347 near
Revised Preemption And CCW Reform Passes Ohio Senate
Preemption & Car Carry Needs Your Help!!!
First and Ten and the Governor has the ball
Taft Vetoes CHL Reform; House Overrides
Statewide Preemption To Become Law Today?
Veto Overridden; HB347 to Become Law!




Senate Bill 252
The Senate version of HB347 introduced to run concurrently. Since HB347 will become law the Senate will no longer act on SB252.

Status of Legislation
Assigned to Senate Rules Committee. No further action expected.

Related Stories
SB 252 Introduced




House Bill 460
This bill would authorize all schools to be able to offer as an elective course a one-semester course in firearm safety and marksmanship designated as the Ohio gun safety program course and is similar to an Arizona bill passed in 2005.

Status of Legislation
Assigned to House Education Committee. This bill will expire with the end of the General Assembly this December without further movement.

Related Stories
Bill Introduced to Allow Ohio Gun Safety Program Course in Schools




House Bill 508
Ohio's version of the Katrina Bill, which would specifically prohibit confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency.

Status of Legislation
Assigned to House Criminal Justice Committee. This bill will expire with the end of the General Assembly this December without further movement.

Related Stories
Hood Introduces Bill to Prohibit Confiscations
Sponsor Testimony for HB 508




House Bill 541
Stand Your Ground legislation which would guarantee citizen's the right to stand their ground in the face of a violent criminal attack and meet force with force in any place he or she has a legal right to be. It also provides a defender with immunity so that an unsuccessful criminal cannot sue his victim for injuries sustained during the attack.

Status of Legislation
Assigned to House Criminal Justice Committee. This bill will expire with the end of the General Assembly this December without further movement.

Related Stories
Ohio Stand Your Ground Legislation Introduced
Stand Your Ground in Ohio




Senate Bill 292
Anti-CCW legislation which would permit political subdivisions to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns in any park, swimming pool, sports field, or other outdoor premises or property owned, leased, or otherwise under the control of the political subdivision.

Status of Legislation
Scheduled for first hearing, Senate Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, November 15th at 9:00am. This bill will expire with the end of the General Assembly this December without further movement.

Related Stories
Democrat Senator Wants To Let Locals Ban CCW




Senate Bill 308
The Senate Companion Bill to HB 541

Status of Legislation
Assigned to Senate Judiciary-Civil Justice Committee. This bill will expire with the end of the General Assembly this December without further movement.

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