On March 21, 2017, SB 199, Ohio’s new concealed carry law, went into effect. The law makes significant changes to when and where firearms may be taken. It eliminates some gun-free zones and allows for easier access to guns by members of the military.
How SB 199 Impacts Private Businesses
In the past, private business owners had the right to ban guns on their properties. Now that SB 199 has gone into effect, the parking lots of private businesses which were previously known as gun-free zones permit guns. Employees who wish to do so must hold a valid concealed carry permit and keep their guns locked in their vehicle in the company lot while they are present. Although employers still have the right to ban weapons inside of their business, they can no longer prohibit employees with concealed carry permits from leaving their guns locked in their cars that are parked on their property.
The president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, Jim Irvine explained that an employee’s gun and vehicle are considered their private property and therefore, they have the right to defend themselves. He stated that an employer should not have a say in what an employee can and cannot do with their private property.
Gun Possession on Public Properties
For the first time ever, people with concealed carry permits are legally allowed to bring handguns into airport terminals, college campuses, and daycares. This applies to employees and others. For example, if a parent has a concealed carry permit, they no longer have to disarm before entering a daycare facility to drop off or pick up their children. Private business owners can still ban guns within the buildings; however, not in cars that are in parking lots.
Gun Ownership by Active Military Members
Additionally, SB199 waives the education and registration requirements for those in the active military who would like to obtain a concealed carry permit. Active military members with a valid military ID and documentation that proves they have successfully completed firearms training can forgo the education and registration requirements to which others must adhere.
How a Columbus Weapons Lawyer Can Help
If you are charged with a weapons crime in Columbus, you need an experienced Columbus weapons lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates by your side. They can investigate your situation, determine how Ohio’s new concealed carry law impacts your case, and design a solid defense strategy that may reduce your charges or get your case dismissed altogether.
Call us at (614) 500-3836 to schedule your free case consultation.