Ohio Will No Longer Require Licenses To Carry Concealed Weapons
This week, Ohio became the latest state to allow the concealed carry of firearms without a license.
Ohio law currently requires applicants to demonstrate “competency” by completing a gun safety course before they can qualify for a license to carry a concealed weapon. Additionally, if a licensed carrier is stopped by law enforcement, they are required to “promptly inform” the officer that they are carrying a concealed weapon—failure to do so qualifies as a first-degree misdemeanor and can result in losing their license for up to a year.
Soon, those regulatory hurdles will no longer exist. This week, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill to simplify the concealed carry process. S.B. 215 will go into effect in June, and it says that any “qualifying adult shall not be required to obtain a concealed handgun license in order to carry in this state.” Licenses will still be available, though, for any Ohioans who may wish to carry in states that honor Ohio licenses. And although carriers no longer have to volunteer to police officers that they are carrying, they do have to disclose if the officer asks.
While gun rights groups are pleased with its passage, many Democrats and law enforcement groups have denounced the legislation. “You will still be required to get a license if you want to drive a car, go fishing, or cut someone’s hair,” wrote Craig Calcaterra for Columbus Alive. “But you will not need one in order to put a semiautomatic pistol in your coat pocket when walking the dog, doing the grocery shopping or attending a football game.”
Putting aside whether it is good policy to require licens
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