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Posted: 1/8/2006 10:52:38 AM EDT
CLEVELAND - Buckeye Firearms Association is excited to
announce its endorsement of House Bill 347. The bill’s primary
sponsor, Representative Jim Aslanides (R-94) of Coschocton,
has again taken lead in improving firearms laws in the Ohio
House. HB347 has overwhelming support as indicated by the
bill's 47 sponsors.

Perhaps the most momentous accomplishment is that HB 347 is a
statewide preemption bill. It ensures that firearms laws are
uniform throughout the state. 43 states currently have similar
laws, and they have proven to be successful and are well
accepted by police. This will eliminate problems for all gun
owners who have been unduly burdened by local ordinances such
as the Columbus’ so-called assault weapons ban or the unjust
firearms confiscation and convictions in Toledo. This is
crucial to anyone who owns a firearm in Ohio.

"This bill, while sweeping in breadth, is packed with
common-sense fixes that help every type of gun owner,"
observed Ken Hanson, Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative
Chair. "HB 347 would be worth passing if the only thing
contained in the bill was preemption, which is desperately
needed in Ohio. The fact that the bill goes beyond preemption
and addresses specific problems that have plagued the law
abiding gun owners shows that Rep. Aslanides really
understands the plight we are in under current law."

HB347 fixes the most severe problems that have become apparent
during the past year and a half as over 60,000 people received
their concealed handgun licenses (CHL’s) and began carrying
under Ohio’s law. The most common complaint amongst license
holders has been the "plain sight" requirement in a motor
vehicle. HB347 eliminates that ill-conceived requirement.

Representative Aslanides’ bill goes much further than solving
the two biggest problems Ohio gun owners face. It allows
people to opt out of having their name and CHL status printed
in newspapers and posted on the Internet.

Sheriff’s must send renewal notices to CHL holders whose
license is expiring, and must accept applications during
normal business hours (no appointments). There is an increase
in cost to $55 for a license, and new licenses will be valid
for five years.

Affirmative defenses have been added for discharging your
firearm to defend you life in your car, and law enforcement
officers have additional rights.

"The anti-gunners will shriek the same old "blood in the
streets" they always do, and will be wrong once again," said
Jim Irvine, Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Association. "Instead
of problems, several people have survived deadly encounters
and returned safely to their family because they properly
defended their life. HB347 will become law and encourage more
people to get their CHL. By the end of the current session,
more that 100,000 people will have a CHL and Ohio will be a
safer place to live."


I would encourage all Ohio citizens to write your legislatures in support of this Bill. I don't live in Ohio but I live on the border and frequently travel to your great state. This Bill would be a major victory to law abiding gun owners in Ohio.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 3:22:17 PM EDT
COOL! I need to get on the phone ASAP, plus back up typed and signed letters to my Columbus slaves.
Link Posted: 1/8/2006 8:03:21 PM EDT
Everyone call in your support.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 4:00:09 AM EDT
How about a link to the numbers, and a way for me to see who to call?
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 4:33:30 AM EDT
When are they going to remove the stupid restaurant restriction? Fix everything at once dammit.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:03:28 AM EDT
Here is a link to contact your legislatures. It is on Ohioans for Concealed Carry web page. You should check out this site.


Ohio Legeslature Link
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:08:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Pudwak:
How about a link to the numbers, and a way for me to see who to call?



Ohio House of Representatives

Ohio Senate

There is a legislator lookup by zip code on the lower left hand corner of each page. Then click on the legislator's last name to link to their contact info and bill sponsoring history.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:10:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2006 12:10:57 PM EDT by AJE]
My rep is one of the co-sponsers
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 12:42:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KyBlaster:


I would encourage all Ohio citizens to write your legislatures in support of this Bill. I don't live in Ohio but I live on the border and frequently travel to your great state. This Bill would be a major victory to law abiding gun owners in Ohio.



Done did it!
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 2:11:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KyBlaster:
I would encourage all Ohio citizens to write your legislatures in support of this Bill. I don't live in Ohio but I live on the border and frequently travel to your great state. This Bill would be a major victory to law abiding gun owners in Ohio.



I'm in, I did it.



Link Posted: 1/9/2006 3:01:06 PM EDT
Very good news.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 6:04:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KyBlaster:
Here is a link to contact your legislatures. It is on Ohioans for Concealed Carry web page. You should check out this site.


Ohio Legeslature Link




THIS WEB SITE HAS A FORM LETTER YOU CAN SEND TO YOUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE. CHANGE A FEW THINGS IN IT TO INCLUDE SOME PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. IT WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE SITE BEFORE BEING SENT OFF. I RECOMMEND ALL OHIOANS WHO VALUE THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO DO THIS. REMEMBER....ONLY THE SECOND AMENDMENT CAN GUARANTEE THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WE ALL ENJOY. SEMPER FI!!
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 7:53:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AJE:
My rep is one of the co-sponsers



+1 WOOT!!!
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:08:45 PM EDT
I just sent mine out. Keep your fingers crossed and pray that it's passed without being watered down.
Link Posted: 1/9/2006 8:10:53 PM EDT
Does this mean that we can now open carry everywhere!? No more municipal laws regarding open carry!?

Im really liking this bill...
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:36:18 AM EDT
What "additional rights" would Law Enforcement Officers have?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 8:55:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AJE:
What "additional rights" would Law Enforcement Officers have?


That part does concern me a bit.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 9:01:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 9:19:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2006 9:20:44 AM EDT by SWO_daddy]

It allows people to opt out of having their name and CHL status printed
in newspapers and posted on the Internet.


Only if you sign a sworn statement that your fear for your safety.


When are they going to remove the stupid restaurant restriction?

Not in this Bill, unfortunately.

After reading through the Bill, it does fix a major problem with carrying in a vehicle, but still does not allow CCW in a vessel. It does allow a firearm to be readily available while in a vessel, as long as there is no ammunition in the firearm. A full magazine, outside the weapon, is not considered to be a part of the firearm, thus having a loaded mag right next to the gun meets the law.

It's a great start, particularly the very strong state preemption language. But there is still work to do with the prohibitions in places that serve alcohol and in schools.

We also need to push for an Oklahoma-style law that allows people to keep firearms in their vehicles regardless of what the owner of the parking lot (employers in particular) want.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 10:48:18 AM EDT
Exception to the prohibitions against possessing a weapon in a liquor permit premises, school safety zone, and courthouse
Current law
Illegal possession of a firearm in liquor permit premises. Continuing law, unchanged by the bill, prohibits a person from possessing a firearm in any room in which liquor is being dispensed in premises for which a D permit has been issued or in an open air arena for which a permit of that nature has been issued. However, this prohibition does not apply to the following (R.C. 2923.121(B)):
(1) Officers, agents, or employees of Ohio or any other state or the United States, or to law enforcement officers, authorized to carry firearms, and acting within the scope of their duties;
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So does that mean that off duty LEOs will be able to carry in a restaurant that sells alcohol?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 11:01:54 AM EDT
Wouldn't the affirmative defense cover you if you had to draw down in a restaurant that serves liquor, or in a school?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:08:34 PM EDT
Done.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 1:15:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AJE:
Exception to the prohibitions against possessing a weapon in a liquor permit premises, school safety zone, and courthouse
Current law
Illegal possession of a firearm in liquor permit premises. Continuing law, unchanged by the bill, prohibits a person from possessing a firearm in any room in which liquor is being dispensed in premises for which a D permit has been issued or in an open air arena for which a permit of that nature has been issued. However, this prohibition does not apply to the following (R.C. 2923.121(B)):
(1) Officers, agents, or employees of Ohio or any other state or the United States, or to law enforcement officers, authorized to carry firearms, and acting within the scope of their duties;
=============================

So does that mean that off duty LEOs will be able to carry in a restaurant that sells alcohol?



Absent something else in the bill I might be missing missing, it doesn't look like it.
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