SB239 (Restaurant/Car Carry) & SB247 (Restoration of Rights) scheduled for possible vote in Senate committee
The Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-18), has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 AM in the Senate Building's South Hearing Room.
Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson will offer 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. This will be the fourth hearing for SB239, and Chairman Grendell has indicated that the bill may be amended before a possible vote to come either that day, or the following.
The committee will also hold its second hearing for SB247, which will align Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers. Both sponsor and proponent testimony will be offered on the bill, which is co-sponsored by Sens. Niehaus, Cafaro, Grendell, Buehrer, Coughlin and Seitz. This will be the second hearing for SB239, and Chairman Grendell has indicated that the bill may be amended before a possible vote to come either that day, or the following.
Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Jim Irvine stated, "We are pleased to see bi-partisan efforts to refine and improve Ohio's current firearm laws. The Senate has two bills that address the most pressing issues facing those who legally own guns in Ohio. SB239 would allow licensed citizens to carry concealed firearms in restaurants and fix burdensome car carry rules. SB247 would align Ohio law with Federal statutes and protect citizen rights. We hope the legislature moves quickly to pass both."
Buckeye Firearms Association is calling on the Ohio Senate to quickly move these bills through the legislative process and send them to the House.
This Senate committee had its first hearing on SB239 in March, a second hearing on April 14, and a third hearing on April 28, at which sponsor testimony was also given for SB247. The House has already held several hearings on HB203, which also seeks to allow license-holders to carry in restaurants.
For the full text of the SB239, visit:
For more information and the full text of the SB247, visit:
Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support SB239 and SB247.
Contact information for the committee can be found below.
State Senator Tim Grendell (R-18), Chair
State Senator Jim Hughes (R-16), Vice Chair
State Senator Nina Turner (D-25)
State Senator Kevin Coughlin (R-27)
State Senator Keith Faber (R-12)
State Senator David Goodman (R-3)
State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-33)
State Senator Bill Seitz (R-8)
State Senator Shirley Smith (D-21)