Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Constitutional Carry Bill

December 13 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo - RevolverFor most carry advocates (open or concealed) constitutional carry is the holy grail of state carry legislation. For those who have never heard the term, constitutional carry generally means a state allows carry of a gun without any sort of permit.

The proposed Ohio bill would allow anyone aged 21 and over, who is not barred from owning firearms, to carry them.

According to Cleveland.com,

The bill, introduced Wednesday by Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, would allow any person who is at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm, so long as they are not legally prohibited for some reason from having guns.

“The person’s right to carry a concealed firearm … that is granted under this division is the same right as is granted to a person who was issued a concealed handgun license,” the bill says.

Lynch described it as the “constitutional carry bill…”

…“The right in the Second Amendment is the only one in the Bill of Rights that you have to get permission for,” Lynch said. “You don’t have to have a speech license or a worship license or a freedom of the press license,” he said. “This is designed to put the Second Amendment on equal footing.”

The law would not change any of Ohio’s currently prohibited locations however.

According to Wikipedia, the states that currently have some form on constitutional carry are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Note that some of these states do have some minor restrictions. For instance Wyoming only allows unlicensed carry for Wyoming residents. Out of state residents would still need a reciprocal permit to carry in Wyoming.

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