In a relatively quiet week after last week’s turmoil, we’re watching three bills moving at the Statehouse.
Stand Your Ground
On Tuesday at 3pm, the House Federalism and Interstate Relations committee will hold its second hearing in two weeks, and 5th overall, on Representatives Johnson and LaTourette’s House Bill 228, a wide-ranging bill to change Ohio’s gun laws, the most notable change being the creation of a so-called “Stand Your Ground” provision. Last week’s hearing featured committee Republicans accepting an amendment to the bill that added a ban on “straw man” third party purchases. The bill also eliminates certain penalties for illegal carry, signage requirements at certain no-carry premeses, and the responsibility of permit holders to keep hands in plain sight when encountering police in a motor vehicle. A previously scheduled vote on the measure has been cancelled, but the committee has invited the public to testify.
HB228 Bill analysis (original version)
HB228 Comparison document (comparing the committee’s amended bill to prior amended version)