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FLASH: Senate passes amended HB495; Concurrence vote expected in the House(OH)
Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Chad D. Baus

Posted on 12/13/2012 2:25:51 PM PST by marktwain

An amended HB495 was passed by the Ohio Senate today by a 26-7 vote. The Ohio House is expected to hold a concurrence vote on the Senate version later today.

The amended bill makes three changes to current law:

* Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license.

* Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition.

* Allows law-abiding gun owners to have their firearms stored in their cars in the state-owned parking garages such as the one under the Statehouse.

Unfortunately, despite Attorney General Mike DeWine's support, concerns remained in the Senate over the reciprocity provisions and how it would work. In an attempt to address those concerns, the Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill yesterday to allow 180 days before that provision took effect, rather than the standard 90 days. This would have given officials more time to prepare for the changes. In the end, in order to get an agreement for a floor vote, it was necessary to have the provision removed from the bill, with the agreement to come back and revisit it next session.

As a result of this development, those who need to carry in states with which Ohio doesn't have reciprocity will continue to need to go get other licenses.

Video archives of the debate that preceded this development, including comments by the sponsor of the reciprocity amendment, Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), will be available later today at The Ohio Channel.

The bill still needs to receive a vote on concurrence in the Ohio House before it is sent to the Governor for consideration. That vote is expected to happen later today.

Vote tallies and media coverage will be posted here as they become available.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; hb495; oh
Incremental improvements in Ohio.
1 posted on 12/13/2012 2:26:03 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Maybe they should also do away with needing a gun permit to hunt mice and rats in your cellar.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 2:45:59 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: marktwain

My Senator, Larry Obhof, voted YES.


3 posted on 12/13/2012 3:25:54 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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