Ohio Politics

House passes Ohio's Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform (HB 203) [UPDATE: Vote Tallies]

[Editor's Note: This article was updated as additional information became available.] Concealed Carry Law Reform Bill Closer to Governor's Signature COLUMBUS, OH - HB 203 sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), a bill that seeks to update Ohio's concealed carry program, has passed the Ohio House with a 63 - 27 vote, and will now be forwarded to the Ohio Senate for consideration...

Ohio's Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform (HB 203) scheduled for vote in House; BFA offers testimony on two pro-gun bills

by Chad D. Baus Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R) has scheduled House Bill 203 for a vote in the House today, Wednesday, November 20. The move comes after the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee passed the bill yesterday on a bi-partisan 9 - 4. Click here to see how they voted. Buckeye Firearms Association leaders are in Columbus this week offering testimony on this and other...

FLASH: House committee passes HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform)

by Chad D. Baus The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee has passed House Bill 203 with a bi-partisan 9 - 4 vote. Voting for the bill were Representatives Mike Dovilla (R, Committee Chairman), John Adams (R) Jim Buchey (R), Louis Blessing III (R), Andrew Brenner (R), Jack Cera (D), Matt Huffman (R), Dorothy Pelenda (R) and Rick Perales (R). Voting against the bill were Representatives...

Attorney General announces Third Quarter 2013 CHL statistics; Record demand for CHLs continues

by Jim Irvine Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the concealed handgun license (CHL) statistics for the third quarter of 2013. Demand continued at a record setting pace, setting new records for the most number of initial licenses issued and most number of licenses renewed during a third quarter. Demand for licenses has been so strong this year that with only nine months' worth of...

HB 231 (Eliminate 'No-Guns' Victim Zones) scheduled for second hearing in House

Chairman Jim Butler has announced that the Judiciary Committee will be hearing proponent testimony on Representative Ron Maag's (R-Lebanon) HB 231 next Wednesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Statehouse Room 121. This will be the second hearing for this important bill. Buckeye Firearms Association will be testifying in support of the bill. Under the proposed legislation, Ohioans would be able to...

HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform) scheduled for fourth hearing, possible vote in House committee

Chairman Mike Dovilla has announced that the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be hearing all testimony on Representative Terry Johnson's (R-McDermott) HB 203 this Tuesday, November 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Statehouse Room 116. This will be the fourth hearing for this important bill. Any persons who are interested in testifying are welcome to contact Jim Irvine ( [email protected]

Shelby Co. Sheriff's program arms Sidney teachers; Local police chief "not a fan"

by Jim Irvine The Sidney Daily News is reporting that Sidney police chief Will Balling is not a fan of Sidney school staff carrying firearms. There is obvious tension and the issue of guns in schools remains a polarizing topic. Misinformation continues to cloud the discussion. From the article : Balling said he is worried because there is a 70 percent chance that a teacher would miss their target...

Third hearing on HB 203 brings out the crazies; OACP denies own testimony submitted 5 years ago predicting same sort of mayhem

by Chad D. Baus Any discussion about the claims being made by opponents to the portion of HB 203 that seeks to reform Ohio's self-defense law needs to begin with a simple explanation of how the law would actually change. According to the individuals who offered testimony at yesterday's, the following legislative change would make Ohio into a racist "shoot first" state: Sec. 2901.09 (B) For...

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