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Bill would change concealed carry license reciprocity, renewals

March 16, 2012 - Rob Weaver
State Rep. Terry Johnson, a Republican from Ohio’s 89th district, plans to introduce a bill which would be of importance to residents with concealed handgun licenses — especially those who were among the first to obtain the permits.

According to what I have read, the proposed bill would have three key aspects:

1. It would establish an automatic reciprocity between Ohio and other states that have automatic reciprocity for their concealed handgun licenses. 

2. It would eliminate the renewed competency certification requirement for concealed carry licenses. 

3. It would change the definition of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Now, a firearm is considered loaded if a loaded magazine is present in the vehicle, even if the magazine is not inserted into the firearm. This will change the definition so that the magazine must be inserted into the firearm before it is considered loaded.

That first objective would simplify travel for those with concealed carry licenses, because Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have a reciprocating agreement. This means a person licensed to carry in Ohio who is traveling to, say, Pittsburgh would have to stop before crossing the state line and properly store a concealed handgun. The same would be true in Georgia for Ohioans following I-75 to Florida, too.

That brings up a key concern of that third point. Not all vehicles have locking glove compartments or consoles. That’s particularly troublesome in an a van, pickup or hatchback.

But it’s that second aspect of the to-be-proposed bill that should be of interest to permit holders, especially those who obtained licenses right after Ohio law allowed in 2004.

Those original licenses were good for four years. Current licenses are valid for five years. To renew a license for the first time, a person just needs to have an Ohio concealed carry license and the competency certificate that was needed to get the permit the first time.

But, after the first renewal of a concealed handgun license, a permit holder must submit proof of renewed competency to show he or she is range competent for all subsequent renewals. Those folks who obtained licenses in 2004 are approaching the time to get a second renewal.

But the legislation to be introduced by Johnson would change that. Subsequent renewals would have the same requirements as the first renewal.


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