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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Concealed Carry Reform Bill Goes to Governor in Ohio

On Wednesday the Ohio State House concurred on Senate Bill 17 by a 56 to 39 vote. SB 17 passed in the state Senate by a 25 to 7 vote on April 13. This concealed carry reform bill now goes to Governor John Kasich for approval.

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by state Senator Tim Schaffer (R-31), would eliminate the current confusing standards of carrying a firearm in a motor vehicle.

In addition, this bill would also allow permit holders to carry a firearm for self-defense in a restaurant that serves alcohol, provided the individual is not consuming alcohol, thus eliminating another “victim zone” in Ohio.

While the National Rifle Association is urging gun owners and other to request that Kacish sign the measure, news reports have indicated the governor will do this.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn


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