For 2019 Ohio Gun owners is already looking like a good year!
During 2018 gun-owners have been working on a bill in the Ohio General Assembly that would improve several points of Ohio law. Originally passed in early December by the House and the Senate, on December 20th the Governor dashed everyone’s hope by vetoing the bill because the bill did not include a ‘Red Flag’ provision that he felt were necessary. Once again Ohio gun owners rallied contacting their representatives and on December 27, 2018 the Ohio General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto.
HB 228 contains many improvements for Ohio’s gun owners.
A summary of the provisions are included below. The full bill can be view here.
- It shifts the burden of proof back to the prosecutor to prove you are guilty in a self-defense situation. Until this passed Ohio was the only state where the accused had to prove their innocence in the use of self-defense versus the persecutor proving guilt.
- Broaden preemption to include carrying, selling, transferring, and manufacturing of firearms. This prevents cities from making laws that conflict with state law and if they do makes it easier to recover attorney fees in these cases.
- Simplifies requirements on who and where no-gun signs are required to be posted. Previously state law required signs in places where you could legally carry leading to confusion.
- Clarifies the definition of a sawed-off shotgun. This was supposed to make the Mossberg Shockwave legal in Ohio but due to a clerical error, firearms that are legal under federal law like the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington 870 Tac 14 are still illegal in Ohio.
- Ohio CCW/CHL license holders will only need to have their CCW permit for identification. No longer is an additional government ID required during interaction with law enforcement.
- You can be prosecuted under state law for providing materially false information to a FFL dealer or private selling in order to make a straw purchase for firearms or ammunition. Previously this a federal charge and was seldom being prosecuted. This will give local prosecutors the means to go after criminals who purchase firearms and ammunition illegally in Ohio.
HB 228 will go into effect 90 days after it is recorded, which will be around the end of March 2019.
Although HB 228 contained many improvements for Ohio’s gun owners, it did not include language for Stand-Your-Ground, and Ohio remains a duty to retreat state. There’s a new General Assembly starting on January 2nd and hopefully they will be able to quickly correct the error surrounding the Mossberg Shockwave and Stand-Your-Ground legislation and send it to the new governor.
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