Ohio: contact legislators RE: HB 495


June 2, 2012, 07:49 AM
A pro-gun bill in the Ohio House is actually seeing some life. There are many people, including many from out-of-state, violating Ohio's firearm transportation law, because of Ohio's ridiculous definition of "unloaded". In Ohio, a gun is only "unloaded" legally if all magazines are empty that fit the gun you are transporting.

Ohioans: please contact legislators per this NRA-ILA alert:


Specifically, HB 495 would make the following changes:

Establish automatic reciprocity between Ohio and other states that have automatic reciprocity for their concealed handgun licenses. Currently, the Attorney General must enter into a written agreement with another state to establish reciprocity. HB 495 would still allow for written agreements between the states if the other state does not have automatic reciprocity, but it eliminates the requirement for a written agreement if reciprocity can occur automatically by operation of law.

Eliminate the renewed competency certification requirement for concealed carry licenses. Currently, after the first renewal of your concealed handgun license, you must submit proof of renewed competency to show that you are range competent for all subsequent renewals. HB 495 would make it so that you can simply show your existing or expiring license or your original competency certificate as proof that you have had the necessary training for all renewals.

Change the definition of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Currently, a firearm is considered loaded if a loaded magazine is present in the vehicle, even if the magazine is not inserted into the firearm. HB 495 would change the definition so that the magazine must be inserted into the firearm before it is considered loaded.

Define “Concealed Handgun License” in one section of the revised code and clarify that the definition applies to all references to a concealed handgun license in the revised code. HB 495 would simplify the state code and make it easier to read, understand, comply with, and enforce.

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ol' scratch
June 19, 2012, 08:27 PM
This passed the house commitee.http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2012/6/ohio-pro-gun-reform-legislation-passes-house-committee.aspx

I remember this from a few years ago. They needed and later passed an exemption for enblocs because guys at Perry bought ammo already loaded in the clips. I remember talking to someone at the range who told me he openned spam cans after purchasing ammo and stripped the rounds out of the clips so he didn't commit a felony on the way home. It didn't even matter if you had a firearm in the car with you. A few guys at the range got CCW's so they KNEW they were OK. A really stupid law, something I term as a "Gotcha Law" or law that serves NO purpose but to harm the law abiding.

June 21, 2012, 11:06 AM
This is what I got when I clicked on the link.

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June 21, 2012, 05:43 PM
Well, the NRA link used to work. Anyway, it passed the House and is in the Ohio Senate. Unfortunately, with summer recess and fall campaigning, it will be tough and go if there is enough time left to get through the senate before the end of the year. We all need to contact out state senators.

Here is an article from Buckeye Firearms Association about the bill's passage in the House.


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