SB318: Sen. Keith Faber introduces "Firearms Modernization" (Concealed Carry Fix-it) Bill

Senator Keith Faber (R-12) has introduced a bill that has been titled a Firearms Modernization bill. A more accurate description is that this is a "Concealed Carry Fix-It" bill that appears to attempt to address many of the issues Buckeye Firearms Association has been encouraging supporters to contact their elected officials about for some time now, along with a few other issues.

From the bill summary:

A BILL To amend sections 311.41, 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, 2923.125, 2923.126, 2923.129, 2923.1212, and 2923.16 and to enact section 5502.371 of the Revised Code to remove the requirement for a retired peace officer identification card that the officer have a nonforfeitable right to retirement benefits, to provide that a retired police officer's successful completion of a firearms requalification program requalifies the peace officer for five years for purposes of obtaining the rights of a concealed carry licensee, to allow a concealed carry licensee to carry concealed handguns in buildings that are owned or leased by the state or a political subdivision of this state and are located in a park or rest area or are not used for a primary governmental function, to alter the requirements for renewing a concealed carry license, to allow a concealed carry licensee to carry a handgun in places of higher education, places of worship, daycare centers, and government buildings if the handgun is unloaded and in a closed package, box, or case, to prohibit a landlord from prohibiting a concealed carry licensee who is a tenant or guest from lawfully carrying or possessing handguns in residential premises, to allow concealed carry licensees to carry a concealed handgun in designated drop-off and pick-up areas of school safety zones, to allow a concealed carry licensee to carry a concealed handgun in a type D liquor permit establishment if the D permit holder does not allow consumption of beer, wine, or intoxicating liquor on the premises, to exempt from certain concealed carry law requirements a person transporting a weapon in a motor vehicle, to modify the records related to the concealed carry licensing process, that a sheriff must destroy to provide that certain records relating to concealed carry licensing are not public records, to redefine unloaded for purposes of the offense of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and to prohibit the confiscation of lawfully owned and carried firearms during a state of emergency or disaster.

Click here to read the bill in its entirety.

The bill has been assigned to Senator Tim Grendell's Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice, which recently completed work on SB184, Ohio's Castle Doctrine legislation. SB318 received an informal hearing by this committee last week, and Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson was in attendance.

SB318 has been scheduled to receive proponent testimony at the first formal hearing in the Senate Building's North Hearing Room on Wednesday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Thank you for responding to our call to use our Write to Legislators website feature to contact your legislators. Please encourage your pro-self-defense friends and family to do the same.

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