College Students in Ohio may soon be finding the Second Amendment in more
places than their textbooks. A bill has passed the Ohio State Senate which
will allow the practice of concealed carry of firearms on campuses as
well as other previously restricted areas. Daycares and school parking
lots are some of the areas which, under the bill, will now be unrestricted
for concealed carriers.
House Bill 48’s primary intent is to clean up legislation which is,
currently, convoluted and has caused some concealed carriers trouble in
the past. However, don’t let that confuse the reader, according
to a Senator out of Lebanon, Ohio the bill is also focused on “allowing
law-abiding citizens to exercise their second amendment right.”
The right to bear arms is considered by many to be a cornerstone of our
constitution and it is refreshing to see that the Ohio legislature is
moving in that direction.
Not without its critics, the bill was passed under a 23-9 split in the
Senate. Some feel that gun free zones lead to less instances of gun violence
and with that logic believe it better to keep them off school campuses,
for example. One of the opposing senators out of Cincinnati when asked
about the bill said, “Letting the college to allow guns on campus
is insane. It should not be allowed, period.” Many advocates for
gun free zones argue that the current laws and punishments in place should
be stricter, however the majority of the senate seems to disagree with
Though the law is becoming more easily defined in Ohio, illegally carrying
a firearm can still carry stiff penalties in many jurisdictions. The concern
and part of what Ohio is attempting to prevent with this bill, is the
diversity between jurisdictions and punishments for illegally concealed
firearms. In some states it is considered a misdemeanor and could be punishable
with a fine. Whereas in more stringent jurisdictions the punishment can
be as high as a felony carrying with it extremely high fines and jail
time. As with any person accused of a crime, regardless of your political
opinions, it is imperative that an attorney be contacted immediately and
it’s essential you select one that is on your side from start to finish.
The attorney’s at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable
in criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in the State of Ohio or the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly been accused of a crime
and seek to find the best possible representation to fight for you, hire
a law firm that puts the client first and fights hard to protect the client.
Contact us today for a completely confidential consultation at 513-564-0088.