Ohio Now Welcomes Concealed Carrier Permits From Other States

Congratulations, Ohio. One more reason to visit your great state!

“This is a very comprehensive bill. Over time, people will look back and see this as a watershed law that fixed a lot of little things.” ~ Jim Irvine, Chairman | Buckeye Firearms Association

Here’s what a portion of the new law states about visitors to the State:

“Provides that if a person who is not an Ohio resident and has a valid concealed handgun license from another state, regardless of whether the other state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Attorney General, and the person is temporarily in Ohio, that out-of-state license will be recognized in Ohio during the time that the person is temporarily in Ohio (R.C. 109.69(B)(3)).”

The Columbus Dispatch covered the new law and found some differing opinions from pro-gun and anti-gun sides (not surprisingly):

Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association said “This is a very comprehensive bill. Over time, people will look back and see this as a watershed law that fixed a lot of little things.”

Jennifer Thorne, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, didn’t see things quite the same way. Speaking generally about the bill, she said  “There are a number of troubling provisions in the bill,” she said. “There’s nothing for us to celebrate in this bill… elected officials could have done better for Ohio. It reduces training and there is an expansion of reciprocity.”

The bill also covered several revisions to existing State laws regarding concealed carry, Stand Your Ground, and other aspects. You can read the full detail of the bill here.

What’s your opinion? Should more states honor other state’s concealed carry permits?

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