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Substitute HB 142 has sixth hearing, reported favorably by committee

I was on hand to testify for Substitute HB 142 as it had its sixth hearing and was reported favorably by the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations by a 9-2 bi-partisan vote. The bill now awaits a vote by the full House, which would send it to the Senate for further deliberation. There has been much confusion about the bill. Several legislators indicated they have received calls...

Sub. HB 142 (Modify LEO Notification) Explained; 6th Hearing, Possible Vote Today

This afternoon, I will testify before the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee in support of Substitute HB 142. That testimony is included at the end of this article. Committee chair Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) has designated the bill for a possible vote. Over the past few days, there has been much misunderstanding/misinformation about what this substitute bill would and would not...

Senate Bill 180 (Concealed Carry Modernization) scheduled for first hearing

Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, has announced a first hearing for Senate Bill 180 (Concealed Carry Modernization) on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. in the North Hearing Room. The committee will consider sponsor testimony. SB 180, introduced last month by Sens. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Twp.) and Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), seeks to reform the state's...

Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll Throws Wrench in Anti-gun Agenda

[Last] week, the Wall Street Journal and NBC News released the results of a 1200 person survey that measured Americans’ opinions on a host of political issues. Included were a handful of questions that gauged Americans’ attitudes on gun rights and gun control. The results should serve to bolster the position of gun rights advocates and prompt bouts of anxiety among anti-gun activists and...

House committee adopts Sub HB 142 (Modify LEO notification); Chair signals vote coming soon

On Tuesday, September 12, the House Federalism & Interstate Relations Committee, chaired by Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), reviewed and adopted a substitute version of Rep. Scott Wiggam's (R-Wooster) House Bill 142. As originally introduced, HB 142 sought to eliminiate the requirement that, when detained for a law-enforcement purpose, a concealed handgun license (CHL) holder must "promptly...

NRA Applauds Reintroduction and Expansion of SHARE Act

On Sept. 1, U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan introduced H.R. 3668, the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) , a wide-ranging package of legislation aimed at promoting Second Amendment rights and America’s outdoor sporting traditions. Different versions of the SHARE Act have been pending for a number of years, and the legislation has passed the U.S. House of...

"New" group behind proposed ballot initiative to mandate background checks is same old anti-gun rights crowd

Last week, a "newly-formed" group calling itself "Ohioans for Gun Safety" announced a press conference to discuss their goal to launch a "common sense" ballot initiative to mandate background checks between private individuals in Ohio. Both the Columbus Dispatch and WCMH (NBC Columbus) covered the event, providing quotes from: a father whose son was killed by a gang-banger and believes a...

HB142 (Repeal LEO notification) scheduled for 5th hearing in House committee

Chairwoman Kristina Roegner (R-37) has announced that the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be holding a 5th hearing on Rep. Scott Wiggam's HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification) on Tuesday, September 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 115. The committee will be considering a substitute bill that is slated to be introduced. In its original form, House Bill 142 seeks to repeal requirements...

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