2nd Amendment rights scored a humungous victory in the state of Ohio.
Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signed legislation on Monday that allows residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
Senate Bill 215 allows anyone 21 years and older to carry a concealed firearm unless prohibited from possessing a gun under state or federal law.
The bill makes Ohio the 23rd constitutional carry state, according to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
— NRA (@NRA) March 14, 2022
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) March 15, 2022
Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 into law. This makes Ohio the 23rd constitutional carry state, and the second to join that group in 2022. Constitutional carry empowers law-abiding citizens who are already otherwise eligible to obtain a carry permit to exercise their right-to-carry without having to go through government red tape and delays.
NRA thanks Gov. DeWine for signing this critical bill that upholds the Second Amendment in Ohio, for the benefit of law-abiding citizens.
NRA once again thanks bill sponsor Senator Terry Johnson (R-14), Chairman Shane Wilkin of the House Government Oversight Committee, and all the other lawmakers who sent this bill to Gov. DeWine’s desk.
SB215 will also no longer require motorists to proactively tell law enforcement about concealed handguns in their vehicles during traffic stops, though drivers would still have to truthfully say whether they have a gun with them if an officer asks.
Right now, drivers who fail to pre-emptively notify an officer in Ohio that they have a gun with them face a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and suspension of their concealed-handgun license. SB215 eliminates that penalty.
To amend sections 1547.69, 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, 2923.123, 2923.126, 2923.128, 2923.16, and 2953.37 and to enact section 2923.111 of the Revised Code regarding a concealed handgun licensee’s duty to carry the license and notify a law enforcement officer if the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun, and a right of a qualifying adult to carry a concealed handgun in the same manner as if the person was a licensee.