Law enforcement discusses Senate Bill 215 coming into force on Monday

Starting Monday, Senate Bill 215 goes into effect, allowing “eligible adults” in Ohio to carry a concealed handgun they legally own without needing a concealed handgun license.

Richland County Sheriff J. Steve Sheldon said eligible adults are 21 and older, legal residents, not fugitives, not under a protective order, have not been hospitalized or found to be mentally ill , have not been dishonorably discharged from the military, have no conviction or delinquency for a felony, drug offense, domestic violence, misdemeanor violence within three or two years in the five years, or is not otherwise prohibited by federal or state law.

Additionally, Sheldon said he would like to remind visitors to the Richland County Courthouse and Administration Building that regardless of the recent change in Ohio’s concealed carry law, deadly weapons are still prohibited in buildings in which a courthouse is located, such as the county office. Building and courthouse.

Ohio law section 2923.123 still makes it a felony to bring or have a deadly weapon or dangerous prescription into a courthouse or other building in which a courtroom is located. audience, with the exception of law enforcement officers in their official capacity, Sheldon said.

8 hours of weapons training will no longer be necessary

Until Monday, Ohio law required concealed carry permit holders to complete eight hours of training, including two hours spent at a range firing a weapon. Those permits will still be available for people who want to cross certain state lines, but they will be optional for those crossing Ohio, according to USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau reporter Anna Staver.

Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch said: “Personally, I have never objected to legally capable, law-abiding citizens carrying firearms, but the new “constitutional portage law” eliminates two important elements with respect to CCW, namely “training” and “law enforcement notification”. I believe the ‘Training’ aspect speaks for itself. Do we allow people to drive vehicles or fly planes without training? No for obvious reasons.

“The Mansfield Police Department spends $13,500 a year to run quarterly firearms training, which I don’t think is enough, but there are budgets to consider. Under of the current CCW law, eight hours of training is required, which covers basic gun safety, which makes sense and was insane to remove. At least the basics of gun safety have been covered even if that person never advances one step further with firearms training. Don’t get me wrong, firearms training is a perishable skill that I’ve seen in nearly 30 years of “Law enforcement. When it comes to using a firearm in any scenario, you’re only as good as the training you’ve received and those scenarios typically involve high levels of stress,” said Porch.

“Second, notification to law enforcement, under the new law a person carrying a firearm is not required to notify an officer that they are carrying but cannot lie when asked. It makes sense for a person carrying a firearm to inform the officer they are carrying when an interaction with law enforcement occurs.Remember we are talking about law abiding citizens. who don’t tell officers they’re not carrying in my experience are 100% involved in criminal activity,” Porch said.

“As a citizen, if I was stopped by an officer and was transporting, I would immediately notify that officer that I was transporting. You request an officer to access this interaction (Traffic Stop, Call for Service) within a few seconds and hoping there are no misunderstandings as to who is the law-abiding citizen or the criminal,” he said.

“Even though it’s not in the ‘Constitutional Wearing Act,’ I would strongly recommend training with firearms and immediately informing an officer if you are wearing if an interaction with law enforcement happens. Let’s hope for the best,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Brice Nihiser, public information officer for the Ohio Highway Patrol, said it would be on a case-by-case basis whether a soldier asks a motorist if they are armed. For example, if there is a suspicion that a person is armed, a soldier will ask the individual if they are armed.

“We enforce the laws that are on the books,” he said. “We are adapting to it and continuing to move forward.”

Nihiser said people will be able to conceal firearms in their vehicles.

“And we just want them to do it safely and legally,” he said.

The Ohio Legislation That Mike DeWine Supports

DeWine recently highlighted some bills he hopes will pass by the Ohio GOP state legislature dealing with school safety, according to the Columbus Dispatch, a sister newspaper to the News Journal.

One of them is House Bill 383, which would increase penalties for certain firearms offences. The governor said it would help reduce repeat violent offenders.

DeWine wants legislation to arm school personnel subject to local control. Details of what training would be required are to be worked out, but could include trauma, first aid and de-escalation, he said.

DeWine also called on lawmakers to pass a requirement that outstanding warrants for serious offenses be reported to the national database for background checks. The DeWine administration has already been working on this, having placed 220,000 warrants in the national system this year, an increase from 18,000 warrants in 2019, The Dispatch reported earlier.

He also maintained his support for strengthening protection orders to keep guns away from people seen as a threat to others or themselves.

However, DeWine’s past efforts to push gun control measures have made little headway and have faced opposition from Republican lawmakers who control the Ohio House and Senate. DeWine said he remains optimistic this time around.

Calls to ‘do something’ after Texas school shooting

The Texas school shooting has reignited debates about gun control measures across the country. In Ohio, attention has refocused on DeWine’s response to the 2019 Dayton mass shooting. The night after the shooting, DeWine vowed to take action after a crowd chanted at him to “do something” after a gunman killed nine people in the Oregon District, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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DeWine had unveiled a series of proposals, such as a “pink slip” law allowing authorities to send certain people to a psychiatric hospital, where there is no legal access to firearms. He also wanted to increase sentences for certain gun crimes, according to The Dispatch.

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