Ohio has become the 23rd state to enact constitution carry legislation.Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill into law Monday, allowing people 21-years and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
“NRA thanks Gov. DeWine for signing this critical bill that upholds the Second Amendment in Ohio, for the benefit of law-abiding citizens,” the lobbying arm of the NRA stated.
“SB215 will also eliminate penalties for motorists who fail to proactively tell law enforcement about concealed handguns in their vehicles during traffic stops. However, drivers would still have to say whether they have a gun with them if an officer requests,” Fox News reports.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) celebrate the moment on Twitter:
“Ohio just became the 23rd state in the nation to enact constitutional carry legislation. Big win for protecting the Second Amendment.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) also marked the occasion, saying it’s a step towards giving “power back to the people.”
“Ohio is now the 23rd state to enact CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY. We can’t stop fighting until 2A is back to it’s original glory in EVERY state of the union. Give the power back to the PEOPLE!”
But not everyone is a fan of the new law. “Passing Senate Bill 215 and repealing Ohio’s concealed carry permitting law is another dangerous step in the wrong direction and it is a serious threat to public safety in our communities,” the Ohio Mayors Alliance Board of Directors wrote in a statement this month. “Our bipartisan coalition of mayors has stood with law enforcement groups in opposition to this bill because we know it will make our police officers less safe, it will increase gun violence in our communities, and it recklessly blurs the line between criminals with guns and properly licensed gun owners.”