Ohio Gun Violence Prevention Caucus urges governor to veto permitless concealed carry legislation that puts Ohioans, law enforcement in danger
Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and state Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park), founders of the bicameral Ohio Gun Violence Prevention Caucus, sent a letter to Gov. DeWine urging his veto of Senate Bill (SB) 215, extreme permitless concealed carry legislation that puts Ohioans and law enforcement in danger. If enacted, SB 215 would allow any Ohioan, aged 21 years or older, to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and without any training, provided they are not otherwise prohibited under state or federal law. Additionally, this bill would modify “duty to notify” requirements and reduce the penalty for failure to notify to a misdemeanor with no accompanying license suspension.
“We stand proudly with law enforcement, mayors, surgeons and doctors, and the overwhelming number of Ohioans who believe there needs to be more stringent oversight of who is permitted to carry a gun in Ohio, not less. Everyone agrees that we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. The enactment of SB 215 will provide an open door way for that offender to get a gun,” wrote Sen. Thomas and Rep. Miranda.
In 2020, over 2,000 concealed carry licenses were revoked, and 1,777 licenses were denied by sheriff’s offices across Ohio. Attorney General Yost’s 2021 Statistics on Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) in Ohio, released the morning of the House floor vote of SB 215, revealed 420 CHLs revoked for cause, such as a felony conviction or an adjudication as mentally incompetent. There were another 1,880 CHLs suspended, for a total of 2,300 revocations and suspensions in 2021. Another 2,668 applicants were denied CHLs because they did not meet statutory requirements. That’s a total of 4,968 people who were without a CHL in Ohio in 2021 because they were not fit to have one.
Opponents of SB 215 include law enforcement, notably the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, gun safety advocates and civil rights groups
Read the full letter here