COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and State Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wayne County) announced today the introduction of legislation to prevent state and local governments from closing or limiting firearm related activities during a state of emergency.
“The last year revealed the startling scope of government power during a declared emergency,” said Schaffer. “It is critical that both local and state authorities understand that this power cannot be used to infringe on people’s constitutional right to protect themselves and their families.”
Broken up into two bills, the legislation will prohibit state and local governments from limiting or infringing such firearm related activities during a state of emergency with legal remedies added for individuals who experience an infringement of their Second Amendment rights from these entities.
“Our legislation is simple and straightforward,” stated Representative Wiggam. “The bills prevent state or local authorities from restricting legal firearms possession, transportation, carrying, training, concealed handgun license processing, shooting range access and hunting and fishing during a declared emergency.”
Both pieces of legislation have earned support from Buckeye Firearms Association (BFA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).