Ohioans are urged to tell officers during a traffic stop that they are armed with a weapon, but under the new law some may hide this important information. If an Ohio citizen lies to police by saying they do not have a firearm, they could face a misdemeanor charge.
Before this new law, Ohio citizens would have to complete eight hours of training and pass a background check to obtain a permit. This eight-hour course is broken down by six hours of “class” and two hours at the shooting range to practice marksmanship.
The class portion will teach citizens the legalities of what happens after a shooting, how to handle and shoot a firearm, and self-defense tactics. The course is completed once the person passes the written test and the marksman test.
Once a CCW permit is successfully acquired, the person will be registered as having the permit and police will see this if the pull someone over and search their name. The license is applicable in 39 other states and the license is good for five years.
To learn to which 39 states the permit applies, click here.
Johnathan Yurco is a CCW instructor from Youngstown, Ohio, and he had this to say about the new law: “I think the new law is great because America is built on choices, and we should have the choice to arm ourselves.”
The chart below created by Armed2Defend, shows the number of licenses issued to Ohio citizens from past years. Each year shows the new permits that were issued and how many of those permits were renewed. It is assumed that after this law is in place the numbers may drop.
Gun violence in Ohio has increased in since 2018, reaching all-time highs in 2020 and 2021. Some Ohioans’ believe that the people committing these crimes do not have a CCW permit so the new law won’t be the cause of a potential increase.
The chart below created by Jake Zuckerman from The Ohio Capital Journal shows the number of deaths due to gun violence from 2007-2021. Check out this website to learn more about gun violence in Ohio.
Another worry is that now it is going to be harder for police to find out if someone is carrying a weapon on them whether that is at a traffic stop or on the street. This doesn’t make the job easier for the police, and it adds concern of the ongoing issue of potential police misconduct.
“It definitely makes our jobs harder now and it doesn’t help both parties involved,” Mike Wright, officer for the Toledo Police Department, says. “With issues that are going on in the world involving the police, we have to think more about our safety if we don’t know if someone is carrying a weapon.”
This law brings up a lot of conversation, debates, or even worries for many Ohioans. The law will be in full effect in June 2022.
If you want to learn how to get a CCW permit or want to learn more about the law in Ohio visit the Ohio Attorney General page.