Zanesville City Council latest to consider illegally banning CHL-holders
City council to discuss concealed carry law
March 8, 2004
Zanesville Times Recorder
ZANESVILLE -- Ohio's new concealed carry law will be part of the discussion at city council tonight.
Council will meet at 7 p.m. with a work session at 6:15 p.m. to review changes to the budget. On the agenda for the meeting is an ordinance which would establish policies concerning weapons. House Bill 12, known as the concealed carry law, will become effective on April 8.
The bill requires political subdivisions to post signs in noticeable areas. The signs will state, "Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person's control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance onto these premises."
In addition to the signs, the city will create an employment policy which will be included in all future employee handbooks. The policy will prohibit any city employee with the exception of law enforcement personnel from having a deadly weapon while acting in the course of their duties or allowing anyone to have a weapon on city property.
The ordinance is being considered under an emergency basis so it will be in effect before the law becomes active.
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