Pending Legislation & Litigation

Information on pending bills and lawsuits that affect concealed carry and campus carry. Be sure to check this page often for updates!

Legislation

Notification Law Change; H.B. 422

Under the current law, a licensee who is carrying a firearm, when stopped for a law enforcement purpose, must promptly inform the officers that he or she is a licensee and that they are currently carrying a firearm. This can be problematic for a licensee who is affiliated with a university and stopped on university owned or leased property. While a firearm inside a vehicle is expressly permitted by ORC, other regulations governing an affiliate such as codes of conduct or employee policies may prohibit firearms on campus. The notification requirement compels an affiliate to notify a law enforcement official (possibly campus police) he or she is in violation of university policy and may face administrative sanctions including expulsion and/or termination.

H.B. 422 eliminates the requirement that a licensee inform police officer that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun, unless the officer asks. The bill also removes the requirement that a licensee keep their hands in plain sight during a police encounter, unless ordered to do so. Finally, the bill revises the current law’s peculiar definition of what is considered a “loaded” firearm.

The bill was introduced on 1/24/12 and has been assigned to the House committee on State Government and Elections.

Parking Lot Change, H.B. 425

H.B. 425 would allow licensees to possess or store a handgun in a motor vehicle in the State Underground Parking Garage or in any parking garage or lot that is owned and operated by the Ohio Building Authority, or is all or part of a state government facility. It was introduced on 1/24/12 and has been assigned to the House committee on State Government and Elections.

Concealed Carry and Reciprocity Modernization, H.B. 495

H.B. 495, introduced by┬áRepresentative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), would put Ohio in the company of many other states in automatically honoring other state’s concealed carry licenses, and allowing the Attorney General to sign more agreements with other states. Out of state students with non-Ohio licenses may find they are now permitted to concealed carry as a result of expanded agreements.

Second, HB495 would also remove a vague and unenforceable “demonstrated competency” requirement. Third, the law would clarify the definition of a “loaded gun.” The bill was referred to the State Government & Elections committee.