Chad D. Baus
October 2, 2012
Two Ohio Democrat State Representatives, Bill Patmon and Ted Celeste, are co-sponsoring a bill “to generally prohibit a person from having a firearm on privately owned land or premises unless the person owns, controls, or resides on or in the land or premises, has permission of the owner or person who controls the land or premises and, if the land or premises is rental property, of the tenant when required, or is the tenant with respect to those premises.” The bill specifies that it “applies to any person, including a concealed handgun licensee.”
HB595 would essentially reverse current law, which allows concealed carry on private property unless a sign is posted requesting that law-abiding CHL-holders stay out, and replace it with a requirement that CHLs would need to obtain permission to carry almost anywhere they go. That permission could come in the form of a sign specifically granting permission to CHL-holders, or by the CHL-holder obtaining permission either orally or in writing. The bill would even require tenants on rented or leased property to obtain permission to bring a firearm on the property. Short of obtaining that permission, the gun owner or concealed handgun licensee would not be allowed to go on the property, visit a place of business, or even to keep a gun in their apartment or place of business (if they lease).
In a typical day, licensees might visit a dozen or more different places of business, homes of friends or family, etc. HB595 would require them to obtain oral or written from each and every property owner or person in control of the property they visited, or would require the business owner to post a sign extending a blanket permission.
Click here to read the gun control bill in its entirety.