This week State Rep. Ron Maag’s concealed carry expansion, Sub. House Bill 48, passed in the Ohio House by a vote of 68-29. Sub. HB 48 will now go to the state Senate for consideration.
Sub. HB 48 would expand where Ohio carry permit holders may lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense including; inside a day care center, certain public areas of airports and police stations. This bill would also give college institutions discretion on whether to allow concealed carry on their campuses.
Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, the bill sponsor, said House Bill 48 cleans up issues with current gun laws and ensures concealed-carry license holders can carry without “undue hardships.”
“It would prevent law-abiding citizens from unintended law-breaking in many circumstances,” he said.
Moms Demand Action, a gun control group funded by billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg,is working hard to kill Sub. HB 48 and to restrict your rights in the state of Ohio by using fear tactics and spreading misinformation.
The importance of this legislation is underscored by the fact that since 1983, the number of Right-to-Carry “shall issue” licensing/permitting states has increased from 8 to 41. During this same period, the nation’s murder and total violent crime rates have decreased to 44-year lows, respectively.
If you are a supporter of the Second Amendment in Ohio and want to see this bill become law, contact your member of the Ohio Senate and encourage them to support the concealed carry expansion. It will only get to Governor Kasich’s desk if it is passed by the super Republican majority in the Ohio Senate.
Some reporting from the NRA.