“Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law Monday that modifies the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, daycare facilities, aircraft [?], certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals, and school safety zones,” cleveland19.com reports. [Click here to read Senate Bill 199.] What the bill doesn’t do . . .
is repeal Ohio public educational institutions’ “gun free zones'” status. It simply makes them optional.
Board of Trustees at public universities and college campuses will have to vote in order to allow concealed firearms.
Cleveland 19 News reached out Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Toledo and the University of Akron. Monday evening a Kent State University spokesperson responded with this statement:
The potential passing of this bill was considered when our policy with regard to the possession, storage, or use of deadly weapons on campus was approved in September of this year. The current policy in place is representative of the university’s position on this issue.
If daycare facilities don’t want concealed firearms inside their buildings, they can post ‘weapon free zone’ signs, which the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence will mail out for free.
The bill — passed during a lame duck session of the Ohio legislature — prohibits employers from banning firearms stored in employees’ vehicles parked in a company lot.
Another big win: reduced sentences for permit holders caught carrying in a restricted area. First-time offenders will no longer face a felony charge. A violation is now a minor misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $150. At daycare centers, however, a violation becomes a first-degree misdemeanor, with scofflaws risking up to 180 days in jail and a $1k fine.
Also on the positive side, the antis are unhappy– which puts this one squarely in the win category.
“All of the credible information we have shows having civilians with concealed carry in active shooter situations doesn’t help,” said Jennifer Thorne, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence Executive Director. “It makes a really difficult job of determining who’s the bad guy and who isn’t that much harder.”
Thorne said she isn’t enthusiastic about any part of the new law, which goes into effect in 90 days.
“The package also prohibits employers from keeping guns out of cars in workplace parking lots and grants active-duty military — a group at increased risk of suicide — legal authority to carry hidden, loaded handguns without a permit,” she said.
I don’t the word credible means what Ms Thorne (by name and nature) thinks it means. Anyway, the new law take effect in 90 days.