Will Ohio Become the next Constitutional Carry State?

ACTION: Urge your state representative to cosponsor and support Constitutional Carry legislation. By using this link here, you can use a pre-written to contact your legislators.

Rep. Hood Pushing Permitless Carry

There is good news to report in the Buckeye State.

Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville) has introduced a constitutional carry bill in the state legislature, and it was recently heard in the House’s State Government Committee.

If enacted, HB 152 would make Ohio the eighth “constitutional carry” state in the country.

The concept of constitutional carry is simple: An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government.

You don’t need a government license to write a book. So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?

The author of the bill, Rep. Ron Hood, said: “If bearing arms is a right, it is not the job of government to require law-abiding citizens to jump through one of the most-burdensome processes in the country to exercise [it].”

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license. Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens. In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.

HB 152 would add Ohio to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states.

Make no mistake about it. Under HB 152, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison.

But that’s just the point: If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down.

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It’s no surprise that the “dog that didn’t bark” — the mass murders that were planned but never occurred — happened in places like Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi. In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes.

Ohio could soon join the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

ACTION: Urge your state representative to cosponsor and support HB 152 without any limiting amendments. By using this link here, you can use a pre-written to contact your legislators.