H.B. 234 is an 18 page reform of Ohio’s firearms laws, though most of the 18 pages are existing law. The reforms are simple commonsense reforms of provisions of state law that were unduly restrictive and made no sense. This was reflected by the large vote margins for passage of the bill; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House.
The bill now goes to Governor Kasich, who has not indicated if he will sign it or not. Disarmists are already lobbying the Governor in an attempt to have him veto the bill. Governor Kasich has 10 days from receipt of the bill to either veto or sign it. If he takes no action, the bill becomes law without his signature. In general, laws go into effect in Ohio 90 days after final action by the Governor.
Some of the major provisions of the bill are:
Creates reciprocity to recognize concealed handgun permits from other states, much as drivers licenses are recognized.
Eliminates a provision in the law that equated semi-automatics firearms that could accept magazines with a capacity of more than 30 rounds as automatic weapons.
States that the Ohio CHL will meet the requirements of the national instant check system. This should allow CHL holders to purchase firearms by presenting their CHL to firearms dealers.
Allows for training certification by any “national gun advocacy organization” instead of the National Rifle Association specifically.
Allows for partial training online, but requires two hours of in person range time for CHL permit training.
Extends Ohio CHL permit expiration to the date of expiration on the permit, instead of upon change of residency.
Provides that entry into parking lots with a CHL shall not be considered criminal trespass.
Allows people in the Military, Peace Corps, and Service to America six months grace to renew an Ohio concealed handgun license.
Creates as “Shall Sign” provision for chief law enforcement officers who process National Firearms Act (NFA) forms.
Allows people with legal gun mufflers to use them for hunting game.