Columbus, Ohio — Pro-gun legislators in the Buckeye State have introduced House Bill 174, the Ohio Constitutional Carry Act, hoping to make Ohio the 17th state to pass such a law.
Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Mt Lookout) authored the bill with Ohio Gun Owners, the state’s No-Compromise and most powerful gun rights organization.
The bill would restore the right of lawful people to carry concealed firearms without government permission, and leaves the current license system intact.
“We’re leaving the Concealed Handgun License system in place because we know a lot of gun owners are going to want that license for reciprocity with other states,” said Ohio Gun Owners’ Executive Director Chris Dorr.
“But we’re expanding that CHL into a Concealed Weapons License so that Ohioans can carry whatever ‘unrestricted’ weapon they choose to defend themselves with, like a knife or collapsible baton,” Dorr added.
Current Ohio law prohibits the carrying of knives and other legal weapons for self-defense.
Also included in the Ohio Constitutional Carry Act is language that would restore the right of lawful Ohioans to carry any loaded ‘unrestricted’ firearms in their vehicle, both under the CWL and Constitutional Carry provisions of the bill.
Thankfully, the bill is not laced with anti-gun provisions that have been inserted into states like North Dakota and Wyoming, where Constitutional Carry is limited to residents only.
Ohio Gun Owners specializes in mobilizing grassroots gun owners across statewide to legislative action, pressuring the legislature to move Constitutional Carry.
Gun owners across the state of Ohio can sign petitions of support for Constitutional Carry to their legislators by clicking on this link: SIGN YOUR PETITION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY HERE
Watch the video of the bill introduction below — pass this around to your Second Amendment-loving friends!