Skip to comments.FLASH: Senate passes amended HB495; Concurrence vote expected in the House(OH)
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.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.
* 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.
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.
Maybe they should also do away with needing a gun permit to hunt mice and rats in your cellar.
My Senator, Larry Obhof, voted YES.