HB 425 to Remove Duty to Notify Advances Out of Committee
At a brief hearing of the House Federalism Committee on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, House Bill 425 passed on a 7-2 vote. The bill now advances to a possible floor vote in the House of Representatives.
House Bill 425, as amended and passed, would remove the duty of a Concealed Handgun License holder to notify a law enforcement officer that he/she is carrying a handgun unless specifically asked by the officer.
Rep. Kyle Koehler (R) commented that this is a "bill for clarification." It's a simple bill to help both law enforcement and citizens avoid misunderstandings.
Chairman John Becker (R) spoke about the recent violence and looting on Columbus streets, including vandalism at the Statehouse, and noted that not being able to carry at the Statehouse is unconscionable.
Prior to the hearing, Buckeye Firearms Association supporters contacted all members of the committee, delivering a total of 18,565 emails urging members to support the bill and vote it out of committee. We wish to thank all those who sent messages and helped move this important legislation.
We also wish to thank Chairman Becker, bill sponsor Scott Wiggam (R), and members of the Federalism Committee for their leadership and dedication to improving Ohio law at a time of crisis across Ohio and the entire country.
Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.