Restoration of Rights bill scheduled for third hearing in House; Buckeye Firearms Association to offer testimony
The House Committee on Criminal Justice, which is chaired by BFA "B*" -rated Rep. Lynn Slaby, will hear proponent/ opponent and interested party testimony on HB54, sponsored by Representatives Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek) on Wednesday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. in Statehouse Room 114. This is the bill's third hearing in the House.
Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson will be on hand to offer proponent testimony on behalf of Buckeye Firearms Association.
Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has stopped accepting Ohio's court orders restoring a citizen's right to own firearms. The purpose of this bill is to update Ohio's statutes to address this issue and protect Ohio citizens' legal rights under the law.
"Someone who has been legally buying firearms, in some cases for many years after they received a legal Ohio restoration, may suddenly discover that he or she is back under a firearm disability because Ohio's restoration of their firearm rights was not deemed complete by Federal authorities," said Hanson. "The proposed bill realigns Ohio's law with new Federal enforcement rules to effectively get the same result that has been working in Ohio for years."
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Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Grendell has announced that the Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee is meeting next week, but once again will not consider that chambers' version of two pro-gun bills. This means at least a minimum four week cessation of Senate action on its version of restaurant/ car carry rules fix legislation, SB17, and on Sen. Jason Wilson's (D) SB61, which contains identical language to HB54. The Senate passed bills with identical language in the last session by significant bi-partisan majorities.