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On March 15th, 2015, Ohio’s new gun laws will be in effect. Passed in December last year, HB 234 makes some significant changes to current firearm legislation. Under the new law, some requirements to obtain concealed carry permits have been relaxed. The number of hours of gun training required before obtaining a license has been reduced by a third to just eight hours. Similarly, certain out-of-state gun licenses will now be recognized in our state. Finally, the law allows non-Ohio residents to get a concealed handgun license if they work in Ohio.
Under this law, some changes have also been made to gun regulations for hunters. Starting March 15th, licensed hunters will be allowed to use noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer. Proponents of this change have stated that it benefits hunters by protecting their hearing. Opponents, however, have voiced concerns that these new noise suppressor laws will make it easier for hunting guns to be misused and could embolden hunters to encroach closer to residential areas.
Very little will change for current gun owners, since this legislation applies mostly to new carry permits. However, the new regulations could allow gun owners who want to apply for concealed carry in Ohio to get their permits faster. This is especially true for non-residents, as this law eliminates the 45-day waiting period to establish residency. Similarly, it lowers the burden of training required. Pro-gun advocates laud the bill as bringing Ohio law closer to the laws of surrounding states, while gun control advocates worry that the new laws will make gun violence in Columbus and across the state more prevalent.
There are still a few weeks before the new legislation becomes effective. In the meantime, all people who currently own a gun or who are interested in owning a gun should review the new legislation and be prepared to adjust accordingly. Knowing Ohio gun law is a necessity for any potential or current gun owner, so that they can be used safely and legally. Sometimes not knowing our laws can get gun owners in trouble. We often represent clients who have run afoul of gun laws in Columbus and have years of experience fighting for the rights of all our clients. If you have been arrested for a gun-related crime in Ohio, call the Columbus criminal defense lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates. Columbus criminal defense attorney Ben Luftman is prepared to help you every step of the way so that your case gets the best outcome possible. Call us today at for a free consultation on your case.