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Governor Mike DeWine Signs S.B. 215 Making Ohio the 23rd Constitutional Carry State

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

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The fact that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey affixed her signature to a bill last week making the Yellowhammer State the 22nd to make permitless carry the law shouldn’t really have shocked anyone. But today’s news that Governor Mike DeWine has made Ohio number 23 is a surprise to many who genuinely weren’t sure where he’d come down on the constitutional carry question.

As you can imagine, the news wasn’t taken well by our friends in the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex.

“Today, Governor DeWine sided with the gun lobby over public safety, over the safety of Ohio’s law enforcement officers who work every day to protect our communities,” said Kristine Woodworth, a volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our state has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, and today we lost one of the last foundational public safety measures on the books – for no reason other than to satisfy the gun lobby. We will hold our leaders accountable come November.”

“By signing this bill into law, Governor DeWine has made it clear he  prioritizes the interests of the gun lobby over law enforcement and public safety advocates from across the state,” said Cordelia Van der Veer, a volunteer with Students Demand Action in Ohio. “Law enforcement agrees – permitless carry will not make our state safer, it will do the opposite, and Governor Dewine signed this bill into law anyways. We will hold him, and the Ohio legislature, accountable for this blatant step backwards at the ballot box.”

We’re sure the Governor is quaking in his boots at the jaw-dropping news that Everytown et al. will be opposing a Republican governor in the next election cycle.

Meanwhile Floridians have been left hanging by their GOP-dominated legislature — yet again — despite Governor Ron DeSantis’s promise to sign a constitutional carry bill that gets to his desk.

Here’s the Firearms Policy Coalition’s statement cheering the news from Ohio . . .

Today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the Firearms Policy Coalition-supported S.B. 215 into law and rightfully defended a truth we’ve known to be self-evident long before our nation’s founding: Government permission slips are not required for the free exercise of the People’s natural right to keep and bear arms. Under the new law, which takes effect in 90 days, Ohio residents, aged 21 and older and not otherwise prohibited from owning a firearm, will no longer need a license to carry either open or concealed.

We recognize that this historic achievement in human liberty would not be possible without the dedicated effort made by the good people of Ohio. On behalf of our members and supporters, FPC thanks Gov. DeWine, bill sponsor Sen. Terry Johnson, and the numerous Ohio senators and representatives for their unwavering leadership in making Ohio the 23rd state to enact permitless-carry legislation; a trend we aim to continue in the months and years ahead. 

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