Senate holds hearing and considers sponsor testimony on HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization)

by Jim Irvine

Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) gave sponsor testimony for HB495 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, November 27.

Rep. Johnson explained to the committee that the bill, which has already been passed by the House passed in the House by a 59 - 28 margin, would eliminate the ill-conceived "demonstrated competency" requirement that will potentially cause huge problems for Ohio sheriffs and concealed handgun license holders (CHLs) next year, correct the definition of a "loaded" firearm, and move toward an automatic reciprocity system for CHLs, similar to how drivers licenses works.

There were no questions or concerns raised by the committee.

Committees generally meet once per week, but during lame duck there are often cancellations or extra sessions on different days to accommodate the huge workload as legislators work to finish all priority bills before they die at the end of session. Plans change quickly and flexibility is important.

Behind the scenes, Buckeye Firearms Association is reaching out to all committee members to ask for their support for the bill, and to address any questions or concerns they might have. We will be prepared to offer testimony at an as yet to be announced proponent hearing, and will inform Senators as to why this legislation is important and good for Ohio.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Jim Irvine is the Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman, and recipient of the NRA-ILA's 2011 "Jay M. Littlefield Volunteer of the Year Award" and the CCRKBA's 2012 "Gun Rights Defender of the Year Award."

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