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TTAG reader JU writes:

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives concurred with changes amended by the state senate to H.B. 234, and barring a veto from the governor, many positive changes are coming for Ohio gun owners. This bill makes many changes to concealed carry, such as reducing training time from 12 to 8 hours, increases reciprocity, and disqualification from obtaining a CHL will align with state and federal law regarding gun ownership, along with many many other changes. Perhaps the most important changes . . .

are changing the language of the state’s definition of an automatic firearm, which currently groups any firearm able to fire more than 31 rounds without reloading with any firearm that fires multiple rounds with a single action of the trigger, and allowing hunters to use suppressors.

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  1. Wow, Ohio is about to pass Michigan as the most gun friendly mid west state, now lets repeal the tax stamp on gun mufflers!

    • Ohio is about to be the most friendly gun state in the Midwest???

      Ohio and Michigan suck for 2A rights. They don’t hold a candle to Missouri or Indiana.

      • Michigan sucks at everything, but what is wrong with Ohio?

        With that stupid 31 round thing gone, licenceless open carry, no registraion and preemption what does it lack?

        • what is wrong with Ohio?

          Besides OSHP and county deputies sitting in the medians every half mile on your highways? 😀

        • For one I would like to see ORC 9.68 have some teeth to it.

          It would also be great to get rid of shall inform also.

        • The language is really stupid as far as open carry in a car is concerned. If you’re in a vehicle(even on a motorcycle) and you’re open carrying, it’s considered a concealed weapon in Ohio. On the plus side, if you have a chl you’re good to go with open carrying in the car… but then again you have a chl so why not just concealed carry?

        • how does MI suck? we have open carry, shall issue for concealed carry, sbr/sbs are legal, machine guns are legal and suppressors are legal

        • Ohio resident here. Other issues we need to address:

          1. Cannot have a loaded firearm in a car without a CHL.
          2. Cannot have a loaded long gun in a car at all.
          3. No carry in a school zone, unless dropping off a child. Even then you may not leave your car, even if the firearm stays behind.
          4. A parking lot law would be nice.
          5. Gunbuster signs have force of law.
          6. We have a duty to retreat.
          7. Ohio is THE ONLY STATE in which a person must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he acted in self-defense: in the other 49 states the burden of proof is on the prosecution .
          8. Obviously constitutional carry would be ideal.
          9. We have state-level preemption, but the teeth behind it are pretty weak. It is common for anti-gun municipalities to harass gun owners using unlawful regulations and then drop the regulations only after they have been sued with the plaintiff having spent considerable resources, only to be denied reimbursement in the 11th hour.
          10. We have a duty to inform leos that we are carrying whenever we encounter them.

          That’s my top 10 list, there are other issues besides these.

        • @Ken

          Dude, that was a bit of a joke, you know Ohio/Michigan rivalry and all. (Just be glad you aren’t from pitsburg)

          But seriously handgun registration? Pass.

      • Bullshit. Wasn’t that long ago we had no CCL at all. Quit complaining about what we don’t have and recognize how far we’ve come.

      • Agreed. I’m currently an Indiana lifetime LTCH holder, and as a former resident of the states of Ohio and Missouri, a former CCW holder from each of those states as well. Both Missouri and Ohio are only this year starting to catch up to Indiana’s support for gun rights. (Missouri implemented state-level preemption for open carry, and now Ohio will have sane reciprocity – meaning my Indiana LTCH will now be valid in Ohio.)

        Indiana still has the easiest license to acquire, and a lifetime version is available.

        Ohio does have constitutional open carry (Indiana and Missouri both allow both open or concealed carry, for license-holders).

    • Hi from OHIO

      Good news all the way around, but “hunting with supressors” is ..well, good…but, Ohio is a shotgun only state (for whitetail)…I guess you could use it on a handgun for deer-(legal in ohio), but I think those shotgun suppressors are like 3x the price of an actual shotgun, huge and bulky to boot.

      There are very few things you can hunt with a rifle here- coyote is one but personally not a fan and have no interest…

      either way a win win…

  2. Great day to live in Ohio. Next stop constitutional cary!!

    Oh and get rid of them pesky red light / speed trap cameras.

  3. My parents being new gun owners, this is great news for them. My dad was off-put by the 12 hour requirement because he still works and has to care for his mother, so his time is very rare these days. Knocking off two whole days in a row was not feasable for him. But he already took an 8-hour gun safety course, so this will be very good for him getting his CCW finally!

  4. Why wouldn’t they want text to be primary? Are they okay with texting and driving? I wonder how long before I will be able to conceal carry in PA.

  5. YES! I can finally load my 40rd mags to full capacity at my local range without getting stopped by an officer!!

  6. “Besides OSHP and county deputies sitting in the medians every half mile on your highways?”

    Lived here for all of my 36 years. Haven’t seen any such thing. Ever. Where I live, county deputies sitting around running radar is an extremely rare sight, and state patrol doing it is even rarer.

  7. As a former Buckeye who sill has family there, I am overjoyed that on trips home I will no longer have to stop south of the Ohio River, make my EDC 1986 Gun Owners Protection Act compliant then drive the last 2 hours home disarmed. Sec. 109.69 (b)(B)(3) allows visitors with a CCP from their home state to carry concealed (subject to Ohio’s CCP laws) during their visit. Hot Dawg!

  8. There is one other thing you forgot to add. While they will be allowed to run a background check and charge a fee (that can be no more than the CCW BG check fee) to run the check. Sheriff’s will now be required to sign off on NFA forms if the person passes the BG check.

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