What Does the Latest Gun Bill Do?


The latest in a long line of gun bills was voted out of the House of Representatives the first week of July. HB 233 allows a concealed handgun license holder or qualified military member to avoid charges for entering a gun-free zone with a firearm. Under current law, entering a gun-free zone with a firearm is a fifth-degree felony subject to up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. However, this bill substantially relaxes penalties. Individuals discovered carrying a weapon in such a location may only be charged with a crime if he or she refuses to leave or knowingly returns within 30 days with a deadly weapon. OMA counsel Bricker & Eckler has drafted this memo to describe how the bill negatively impacts property owners’ rights. The bill would need to pass the Ohio Senate to become law. 7/20/2017