Ohio Governor Signs Ends Concealed Carry Permit Mandate

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed Senate Bill 215, a bill that ended the state’s mandate on preventing people from carrying concealed firearms without training or permits.

By June 12, all Ohioans aged 21 and older who are allowed to own a firearm will be able to carry it concealed without eight hours of training, a background check, and an application through their local sheriff’s office.

Senate Bill 215 will also no longer require motorists to inform law enforcement about concealed handguns in their vehicles during traffic stops but would still have to truthfully say whether they have a gun with them if asked. 

Before Senate Bill 215 was introduced, Ohioans could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and suspension of their concealed-handgun license if they fail to declare firearms. 

According to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, Ohio is now the 23nd state in the U.S. with a permitless carry law,

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio opposed the passage of the bill and said it would be dangerous for citizens and law enforcement officers. 

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