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Ohio Senate Passes Much Needed Improvements to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws

May 27th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Buckeye Firearms Association:

The Ohio Senate has passed Senate Bill 239, which will allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants. To do so, license holders may not consume any alcohol and must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to OpenCarry.org, 42 states (including every state that borders Ohio) allow non-drinking license holders to carry firearms in restaurants.

The bill also reduces burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car. Currently, Ohio is the only state to place such complex limitations on license holders.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 247, which seeks to align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers.

Ken Hanson, Legislative Chair of Buckeye Firearms Association, said, “These bills addresses three important issues facing Ohio gun owners and concealed carry license holders and seek to align Ohio law with federal law and the laws of our surrounding states.”

And make sure to read Ohioans for Concealed Carry’s Dan White’s column at the Examiner here.

The only Republican to vote against SB 239 was Sen. Goodman, but that was too be expected, as he is a well established liberal weenie.

SB 247 would allow Ohio citizens who petition the Federal government can have the right to own firearms restored after having various misdemeanor offenses. The Republicans who voted against it are: Senators Goodman, Hughes, Patton, Schuring, and Stewart.

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