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As passed by the House, the following verbiage was included in ORC 2923.11 (L), which are items NOT considered dangerous ordnance:

(7) Any firearm with an overall length of at least twenty- six inches that is approved for sale by the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives under the "Gun Control Act of 1968," 82 Stat. 1213, 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3), but that is found by the bureau not to be regulated under the "National Firearms Act," 68A Stat. 725 (1934), 26 U.S.C. 5845(a).

During the committee amendment process in the Senate, the above verbiage was moved to ORC 2923.11(K), a list of items which ARE considered dangerous ordnance.

We believe this to be a clerical error that no one noticed until the bill had been sent to the governor for his veto. 

This explicitly classifies as dangerous ordnance the very items lawmakers intended to legalize. Further, based on the definition of “sporting use”, this may also reclassify many other long guns currently in common use as dangerous ordnance, which requires additional licensing to legally possess.

All versions of the bill throughout the legislative process can be found here:
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA132-HB-228

Ohioans for Concealed Carry would like to see this corrected via emergency legislation by the next GA before HB 228 becomes law.   As of the last week of February both the Ohio House and Senate have introduced and passed bills to resolve this matter.  The legislature is on the cusp of sending this matter to the Governor for his signature.

 

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