2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Insider update, Ohio S.B. 239 stalled...

I thought I might just "scoop" other sources but the Buckeye Firearms Association beat me to it this morning...take a minute and go read this and come on back..

Restaurant/ Car Carry legislation likely stalled until after November elections.

This bill, if passed, would of allowed restaurant carry in establishments that serve alcohol (as long as they do not forbid CCW and the individual carrying does not consume alcohol themselves) and clarify the procedure for carrying in your vehicle.

Despite opponents predictions, a similar law passed in Arizona has not produced any wild shootouts or other noteworthy events.

It was ironic to read this because just this morning at work I was talking to a new employee in my agency's directors office who just recently (a few days ago) was working in the Ohio House of Representatives for the Speaker of the House and part of his duties was helping here prioritize which bills were to be brought up before the break. Just as BFA stated, the delay in putting this bill to the floor for a vote was partially motivated by political means. The Speaker of the House is himself a gun owner and reportedly a 2A supporter - per my "source" - but would not put the bill in front of the house this close to November elections and have to answer to (Democratic and liberal) voters of why he supported a bill backed by the NRA.

The other reason that should be noted and not ignored that was in the list of bills that needed to be brought to a vote were other bills of a higher priority for the citizens of Ohio such as "Sexting" legislation that would increase the penalties for sending pornography to minors via a phone picture message and bills relating to Ohio's new casinos, which need to be passed before they can be operational.

So while I am disappointed that it will not be passed soon, I feel confident that our voices will be heard and this will be passed sometime in the next session.

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