423 – Ohio CCW Law – Important Changes

On March 21st those of us that carry concealed handguns in the state of Ohio awoke to some important changes in the law.  I felt that these changes were important enough that I wanted to share them with the Safety Solutions Academy Audience for a few reasons.  First, off, the types of revision we are seeing in the state of Ohio are the types of concealed carry revisions that folks should be seeking nation wide. Second, the last time around, Ohio changed its CCW law so that the buckeye state accepted concealed carry permits from all 50 states.  This means that more and more folks are carrying in Ohio and of course they need to be informed regarding the law.  Finally, Obviously there are a significant number of listeners that are Ohio residents.  The podcast is a great way to get information out to those students.  I’ll be pushing this podcast out to my email list to the hundreds of students that have completed Ohio CCW courses with Safety Solutions Academy.
The following list of changes comes from a very comprehensive post on the Buckeye Firearms Association website.  I made some changes to the order of presentation, but the list is not my original list.  The commentary you hear in the podcast are my original thoughts on the latest revision to the Ohio Revised Code regarding Concealed Carry.
Follow this link to view the new updated Ohio CCW pamphlet.
  • Ohio sheriffs may use concealed handgun license application fees to purchase firearms and ammunition for training for the sheriffs department.
  • Active-duty military members carrying a valid military ID and proof of equivalent small arms training may carry in Ohio without a concealed carry license with the same rights and privileges of Ohio concealed handgun license holders . Active-duty military is defined in 10 USC 101.
  • Allows the sale of firearms to active duty military members without regard to their age. Current law prohibits those under 21 from purchasing a handgun.
  • The Ohio Attorney General is to develop and post on the Attorney General’s website a summary of Ohio firearm laws and concealed carry laws as they apply to military members in Ohio.
  • Specifies that a concealed handgun licensee may be in the unsecured part of an airport while carrying.
  • Allows colleges and universities to recognize concealed handgun licenses and allow concealed carry on their campus.
  • Specifies that public and private colleges and universities are immune from liability for the actions of the concealed carry licensee while carrying a handgun on their campus.
  • Removes daycare facilities from the list of places a concealed carry license is not valid. A private daycare could still prohibit concealed carry by posting a “no guns” sign.
  • Removes private aircraft from the list of places a concealed carry licensee may not carry a handgun.
  • Allows government bodies to allow concealed carry in the governmental buildings under their authority.
  • Modifies Ohio’s school safety zone exception for concealed handgun licensees to specify that the licensee may be on school premises for any reason as long as the handgun does not leave the vehicle. It further clarifies that if the person exits the vehicle, as long as the person leaves the handgun locked in the vehicle they are in compliance with the law. It should be noted that this exception continues to apply to handguns only. It does not apply to rifles or shotguns.
  • Provides that public and private employers may not adopt policies prohibiting, or having the effect of prohibiting, concealed carry licensees from having their handguns on their business property, so long as the gun is stored in a locked container, compartment or trunk. Note that this applies to all licensees having a handgun on the business property.
 
The 2017 MAG-40 is coming soon to Safety Solutions Academy
There is more to concealed carry than knowing how to shoot and understanding when and where you can carry a gun.  One of the most often overlooked aspects of concealed carry is the necessary understanding of the laws regarding the use of deadly force.  Although the laws of each state have some minor variations, the laws of the U.S. that govern the use of lethal force all have the same original foundation.
 
One of the best sources of information on the use of deadly force is Massad Ayoob.
 
Each year Safety Solutions Academy hosts Mas and his team from the Massad Ayoob Group for a MAG 40.  The MAG 40 is two days on the range learning a wide variety of shooting skills, practicing those skills and finally being tested on those sills with a 60 round course of fire modeled after a police qualification course.
 
The next two days are spent in the classroom taking an in depth look at the use of deadly force and the law.  Let me explain what I mean by in-depth.  In virtually every MAG course I have hosted, there have been multiple attorneys in class for the specific purpose of earning continuing education credits to maintain their license.  This means that in the two days in the classroom with Mas, you are going to get a more in depth education on the laws of self-defense than most attorneys have when they complete law school.
 
It is this knowledge that can significantly improve your ability to defend yourself from both a violent attack and from the legal battle that you could face as the result of a lawful use of force.  This is why the MAG-40 is such a valuable course.
Make sure to follow the link and get all the information you need so that you can register today!
 
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