Despite the madness happening just about everywhere else in the world, we can remain thankful that positive strides are still being made to ensure 2nd Amendment rights — at least on the state level.
Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill making it legal for state residents to carry a gun without first obtaining a state permit. With his signature, Ohio has become the 23rd state in the nation to enact constitutional carry legislation.
[source: The Daily Wire]
The other 22 are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Senate Bill 215 allows anyone over 21, and who is legally eligible to own a firearm, to concealed carry. It also removes the requirement that citizens inform a police officer they are carrying a weapon, although they must disclose the fact if asked. The law takes effect 90 days after its signature.
The new law comes as the state capital, Columbus, became one of a dozen Democrat-controlled cities to set record-breaking homicide numbers in 2021: 204 murders, or one every 1.8 days. The city’s homicide rate had already risen by 67% in 2020 — a higher rate than Chicago.
In response, the number of concealed carry permits obtained by Ohioans surged 20% last year over 2020, to 202,920, according to the state attorney general. The state already allows the open carry of firearms.
Some law enforcement officers, such as Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey, opposed the bill, saying it would increase gun violence. But a plurality of police officers said that allowing civilians greater ability to carry concealed weapons would “have the most impact” in “preventing large scale shootings in public” in a 2013 survey.
Gun rights advocates thanked the governor for making the legislation a reality.
“The @NRA commends Gov. @MikeDeWine for signing this important piece of legislation that protects the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Buckeyes.” –NRA-ILA Executive Director Jason Ouimet pic.twitter.com/Y7QGnQKozL
— NRA-ILA (@NRAILA) March 14, 2022
In addition to Ohio, Georgia’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow constitutional carry on Friday by a vote of 94-57. Governor Brian Kemp, who faces a primary fight against Trump-endorsed challenger David Perdue, has said he will sign the bill after legislators complete the reconciliation process. “I am committed to working with both the Georgia House and Senate to get Constitutional Carry across the finish line!” Kemp said.
At least Republicans – as opposed as they are currently – are still pushing for the issues that matter to most Americans. In today’s day and age, protecting oneself from tyrannical governments is perhaps the single greatest issue we all should be fighting for.
Author: Asa McCue