- October 7, 2011
Written by Philip Mulivor
[TD="class: createdate"]Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:57[/TD]
Ohio Rep. Ron Maag (Dist. 35) today introduced two bills designed to further secure the rights of concealed-carry licensees.
HB422 would eliminate the requirement that a concealed-carry licensee inform police that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun (unless a police officer asks). In addition, a licensee would no longer be required to keep their hands in plain sight during a police encounter, unless ordered to do so. The bill also would revise the current law's peculiar definition of "unloaded."
HB425 would allow concealed carry licensees to possess or store a handgun in a motor vehicle in the State Underground Parking Garage or in any parking garage or lot that is owned and operated by the Ohio Building Authority, or is all or part of a state government facility.
OFCC proposed the specific language and provisions now contained in HB422 and worked closely with Rep. Maag, a long-time champion of firearms rights in Ohio.
Problems inherent in Ohio's police-notification requirement were dramatically brought to light last summer following the arrest of a Canton concealed-carry licensee. The police officer involved has since been fired. The video is here.