New Revisions for Ohio’s Gun Laws
Last March 23 saw the revisions of various gun laws in the state of Ohio.
The license training hours for concealed carry handguns has decreased from 12 hours to eight. This eliminates the requirement that a person who wishes to acquire a license must reside in Ohio for 45 days and live in the country or any country next-door no less than 30 days.
A person only needs to of the 8 hours required to qualify for a firearms competency certification course in the gun range. While the remaining time can be accomplished the other necessary requirements either online or in-person
Jennifer Thorne, an Executive Director of the organization Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence said that “Anything that makes it easier for more people to have hidden loaded weapons in public is something we are really concerned about and think it puts Ohio’s public safety at risk.” In addition, the revisions of the law also stipulate that National Rifle Association be revoked as the only entity that is capable of offering training courses.
According to various experts, one of the key factors that prompt lawmakers to implement such revisions is Buckeye Firearms Association. The Vice President of the latter, Linda Walker said that two neighboring states, Indiana and Pennsylvania do not require any training for concealed carry permits. Moreover, two other states aside from Ohio also follow the 8-hour requirement. These are Michigan and Kentucky.
Walker added that, “The fact is the states that don’t require training have no more accidents with firearms than states such as Illinois, which requires 16 hours of training,”
Apart from the changes, the implementation of such revisions requires the replacement of the term “silencer” with “noise suppresser”. The new law also enables licensed hunters to use such gun accessory in their legal hunting activities. A move that Hunting advocates and enthusiasts welcome with wide arms, as they believe that the use of such enhances their capability, making their sport more exhilarating.
One of the stipulations in the revisions also include that sheriff must conduct mandatory background checks with the Nation Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This will further improve the process of determining whether an applicant is qualified for owning or buying a firearm.
To get a better grasp of the various changes, the public may conduct their own thorough analysis of the House Bill 234.