Thanks to the passage of Ohio SB17 into law, starting October 1st there will be a few major changes to the way I and my fellow Buckeyes that have a CCW can exercise our rights to legally carry and protect ourselves with firearms.
Change #1: Restaurant/Bar carry. Previously (including right now) CCW holders have been prevented from carrying firearms into establishments that serve alcohol on the premises. Ohio was one of only a few states that allowed CCW that had this limitation. To me this meant that I could not go to an Applebee’s or Ruby Tuesday restaurant while carrying without first having to disarm and lock the weapon in my vehicle. Now, carrying into such an establishment or a bar is allowable as long as the CCW holder is not under the influence of alcohol or consumes while there. That part is common sense, so is the part that is not written that states common sense means that people carrying guns around other individuals consuming alcohol should act prudently at all times to avoid conflict if possible between the two entities.
Change #2: Vehicle Carry. Currently, the law states that a weapon in the possession of a CCW holder must either be locked up in an approved container with a latching mechanism or “in a holster on the person’s person”. The requirements for carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle by a CCW holder now remove these two stipulations from the law. This means that you could theoretically carry a loaded handgun in your lap and be within the law. While this may be the case, I think the best practice is still to use a holster or bag to carry the handgun in that secures any errant movement of the weapon and also provides adequate coverage of the trigger guard. There was a case a month ago of a fellow that found this out the hard way in Tennessee.
Now this is just my take on the major changes in regards to carrying that are in this bill, you should not take this as gospel of what you can or cannot do without reading the law yourself. It is available for your review here.
And remember, the law does not go into effect until Oct 1st!!
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