SB239 (Restaurant Carry & Car Carry Rules Fix) scheduled for proponent testimony in Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-18), will hear proponent testimony on SB239, sponsored by Senator Shannon Jones and Senator Tim Schaffer to allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants, and to reduce burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car, on Wednesday, April 14 at 10:15 AM in the Senate Building's South Hearing Room.

"This bill makes Ohio's laws more consistent with the norm for what other states are doing," said Senator Jones. "Six years after concealed carry became law in Ohio we have not experienced the lawlessness or 'doom and gloom' predictions that some claimed would come true. Ohio gun owners have proven themselves just as responsible as those in other states, and this refinement of our concealed carry laws is a logical next step to help our citizens legally protect themselves and their families."

Buckeye Firearms Association is calling on the Ohio Senate to quickly move this bill through the legislative process and to send it to the House.

This Senate committee had its first hearing on SB239 in March, and the House has already held several hearings on HB203, which also seeks to allow license-holders to carry in restaurants.

For more information and the full text of the SB239, visit:

Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB239.
Contact information for the committee can be found below.

State Senator Tim Grendell (R-18), Chair
(614) 644-7718
[email protected]

State Senator Jim Hughes (R-16), Vice Chair
(614) 466-5981
[email protected]

State Senator Nina Turner (D-25)
(614) 466-4583
[email protected]

State Senator Kevin Coughlin (R-27)
(614) 466-4823
[email protected]

State Senator Keith Faber (R-12)
(614) 466-7584
[email protected]

State Senator David Goodman (R-3)
(614) 466-8064
[email protected]

State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-33)
(614) 466-8285
[email protected]

State Senator Bill Seitz (R-8)
(614) 466-8068
[email protected]

State Senator Shirley Smith (D-21)
(614) 466-4857
[email protected]

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Editorials suggest coordinated (and misguided) opposition to SB239

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