No permit or training to be required to carry a concealed weapon in Ohio from the 12th of June. Republican Governor Mike DeWine has signed a new bill, Senate Bill 215, which also means citizens are no longer required to inform police they have a weapon during a traffic stop.
This bill makes Ohio the 23rd state to allow concealed carry in public without needing to hold a license to do so. Anyone over the age of 21 will be allowed to carry concealed firearms. Currently, the law requires everyone to undergo 8 hours of training and a background check.
Motorists are no longer required to proactively tell law enforcement that they have a concealed weapon when stopped in traffic. Still, they will need to answer truthfully if asked whether they are carrying a gun. The law currently means that motorists who fail to inform an officer of their weapon preemptively would be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and potentially six months in jail.
The new law, which comes into effect on the 12th of June, eliminates this punishment. The Ohio Democratic Party has come out against the bill claiming that this will make Ohio less safe for its residents.
“This bill will make all Ohioans less safe. Time and again, DeWine has promised to support law enforcement officers and ‘do something’ to combat gun violence in our state,” Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters said in an official statement. “Once again, he’s failed on both fronts, putting his own political interests over the safety and well-being of his constituents.”
Governor Mike DeWine is currently seeking re-election for his second term. The election is due to take place on the 8th of November, 2022.