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Ohio 131st General Assembly 2015-2016 | Ohio 130th General Assembly 2013-2014

Ohio 131st General Assembly 2015-2016

Updated May 4, 2016.

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Bills to reduce gun violence

HB 16. Rep. Reece; Cosponsors: Reps. Antonio, Ashford, Boyce, Boyd, Celebrezze, Craig, Fedor, Howse, Kuhns, Lepore-Hagan, Sheehy, Strahorn, Sykes. To regulate the commercial sale, modification, and public display of imitation firearms and the disguising of a firearm as an imitation firearm. Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 75. Rep. Patmon; Cosponsors: Reps. Boyd, Lepore-Hagan.To prohibit any person from storing or leaving a firearm in the person’s residence unless the firearm is secured in safe storage or rendered inoperable by a tamper-resistant lock or other safety device if the person knows or reasonably should know that a minor is able to gain access to the firearm and to provide criminal penalties if a minor gains unauthorized access to a firearm not so stored or rendered inoperable. (Child Access Prevention.) Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 78. Rep. Patmon; Cosponsors: Reps. Curtin, Lepore-Hagan; To prohibit any transfer of a firearm from a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer to a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer unless the firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer, through a state or local law enforcement agency, or pursuant to a specified exception; to require that background checks be conducted when a firearm is transferred through a federally licensed firearms dealer or through a state or local law enforcement agency; and to provide for recordkeeping with respect to information obtained pursuant to such a background check. (Universal background checks.) Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 79. Rep. Patmon; Cosponsor: Rep. Schaffer. To require an applicant for a hunting license to specify whether the applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony and to require the license to specify “firearm restricted” if an applicant has so indicated. Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 119. Rep. Patmon. To generally ban the manufacture, sale, and public display of imitation firearms and the disguising of a firearm to make it resemble an imitation firearm. Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 494. Reps. Antonio, Boyd; Cosponsors: Reps. Strahorn, Celebrezze, Sykes, Howse, LeporeHagan, Slesnick, Fedor, Johnson, G., Clyde. To require a court that issues a protection order to determine if the respondent is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, to require a court to determine whether an offender who has been convicted of specified offenses is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, and to require a respondent or offender who the court determines is prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm to transfer all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer. (Safe at Home bill).Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

SB 103. Sen. Tavares; Cosponsor: Sen. Williams. To permit townships that have adopted limited home rule government to adopt resolutions that regulate the discharge of firearms based on the population of the township and the density of the population in areas within the township. Status: Assigned to Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

Bills to increase punishment

HB 59. Rep Cera; Cosponsors: Reps Rogers, Lepore-Hagan. Increase mandatory prison term for felony committed with firearm. Status: Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

SB 97. Senators Hughes, LaRose; Cosponsors: Senators Eklund, Patton. To increase by 50% the mandatory prison term for an offender who is convicted of a firearm specification and previously has been convicted of a firearm specification; to prohibit violent career criminals from knowingly acquiring, having, carrying, or using any firearm or dangerous ordnance; to require a mandatory prison term for a violent career criminal convicted of committing a violent felony offense while armed with a firearm. Status: Passed Senate Criminal Justice Committee April 22, 2015. Passed Senate April 29, 2015. Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

HB 380. Representatives Dever, Reece; Cosponsors: Representatives Amstutz, Boyd, Kuhns, Buchy, Thompson, Conditt, Ashford, Sykes, Smith, K., Rezabek, Patterson, Burkley, Schaffer, Sheehy, Ramos, Antonio, Howse. Require each law enforcement agency to adopt a written policy regarding the investigation of firearms-related officer-involved deaths that involve an officer serving the agency; to provide for investigations into officer-involved deaths by investigatory panels of law enforcement officers; to require an investigatory panel to provide a report of its investigation findings to the prosecutor and the officer's law enforcement agency; to provide for public access to the report, except for information that is not a public record, if the prosecutor determines that there is no basis to prosecute or a grand jury enters a no bill regarding the involved officer; and to require an investigatory panel to inform the deceased individual's family members of contact information for the office of the prosecutor handling the case. Status: Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.

Bills that will make it easier for gun access, use, secrecy and to prohibit enforcement

HB 20. Reps Gonzales, Koehler; Cosponsors: Reps Bishoff, Dever, Hambley, Kraus, Retherford, Rezabek, Young. To expand and clarify the authority of a concealed handgun licensee to possess a handgun in a school safety zone. Combined into HB 48. Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee. Combined into HB 48.

HB 35. Reps Retherford, Hood; Cosponsors: Reps Brenner, Zeltwanger, Thompson, Vitale, Becker, Maag, Kraus, Buchy, Johnson, T.. To prohibit any agency and its employees and agents from seizing or authorizing the seizure of any firearm from any person lawfully in possession or control of the firearm except when a law enforcement officer reasonably believes the immediate seizure of the firearm is necessary for the safety of the officer or another person or to preserve the firearm as evidence, to prohibit the establishment of a firearm registry, and to prohibit law enforcement officers and international agents from enforcing a firearms registration requirement or firearm ban. Status: Re-referred by House State Government Committee on February 28, 2015.

HB 48. Rep Maag; Cosponsors: Reps Hood, Retherford, Vitale, Brinkman, Becker, Buchy, LaTourette, Hayes, Thompson, Kraus. , and to modify the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun onto institutions of higher education, , day-care facilities, aircraft, certain government facilities, public areas of airport terminals and police stations, and school safety zones. (Guns everywhere.) Status: Passed by House State Government Committee on June 17, 2015. Passed House on November 17, 2015. Assigned to Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

HB 147.  Rep. Hood; Cosponsors: Reps. Retherford, Thompson, Becker, Vitale, Brenner, Blessing, Maag, Roegner, Young, Buchy, Johnson, T., Boose, Kraus, Antani, Amstutz, Hill, Schaffer, Koehler, Zeltwanger, Conditt. To remove requirements for training and licensing to carry a concealed handgun for individuals over the age of 21, in spite of previous requirements to the contrary. To remove the ability for landlords to prohibit guns on their property. Status: Introduced April 7, 2015. Not assigned to committee.

HB 152.  Rep. Hood, Brinkman; Cosponsors: Reps. Retherford, Thompson, Becker, Vitale, Brenner, Blessing, Maag, Roegner, Young, Buchy, Johnson, T., Boose, Kraus, Antani, Amstutz, Hill, Schaffer, Koehler, Zeltwanger, Conditt. To remove requirements for training and licensing to carry a concealed handgun for individuals over the age of 21, in spite of previous requirements to the contrary. To remove the ability for landlords to prohibit guns on their property. (No-permit concealed carry.) Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 235.  Rep. Terhar; Cosponsors: Reps. Antani, Becker, Blessing, Brenner, Dever, Perales, T. Johnson, LaTourette, Maag, Romanchuk, Schaffer.  To waive the concealed carry license fee for active members of the armed forces and retired and honorably discharged veterans. To accept military experience with firearms as proof of competency with firearms regardless of when the applicant for a license acquired the experience. Status: Passed by House State Government Committee on December 3, 2015.

HB 240.  Reps. Huffman and T. Johnson; Cosponsors: Reps. Hambley, Sweeney, Becker, Grossman, Blessing, Green, Sprague, Hill.  To define the legal residence of a dead person for purposes of the body's disposal; to recognize that coroners include medical examiners; to change the qualifications for holding office as a coroner of a charter county; to require, under certain conditions, and to authorize, under other conditions, supplemental compensation for coroners who are forensic pathologists; to revise how the office of coroner is filled when a vacancy cannot be filled by election or appointment; to specify the disposition of a firearm when a person meets death under certain circumstances; to specify who pays for the autopsy of an inmate of a state correctional facility; and to make other changes to the coroners' law. Status: Passed by House State Government Committee on December 3, 2015.

HB 452.  Rep. Vitale; Cosponsors: Reps. Becker, Brinkman, Buchy, Hood, Young, Zeltwanger.  To generally permit a concealed handgun licensee to carry a concealed handgun in a place of worship. Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

HB 460.  Rep. Vitale; Cosponsors: Representatives Becker, Brenner, Brinkman, Buchy, Green, Hood, Retherford, Thompson, Young, Zeltwanger.  To prohibit the state, a political subdivision, and any official, agent, or employee of any state or local government agency from knowingly enforcing or attempting to enforce any federal statute or regulation regarding a firearm, and to declare an emergency.  Status: Assigned to House State Government Committee.

SB 142. Sen. Jordan, Cosponsor: Sen. Beagle. To prohibit any agency and its employees and agents from seizing or authorizing the seizure of any firearm from any person lawfully in possession or control of the firearm except when a law enforcement officer reasonably believes the immediate seizure of the firearm is necessary for the safety of the officer or another person or to preserve the firearm as evidence, to prohibit the establishment of a firearm registry, and to prohibit law enforcement officers from enforcing a firearms registration requirement or firearm ban. Status: Assigned to Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

SB 177. Sen. Jordan. To prohibit a physician from submitting patient medical records to an electronic database maintained by another party without patient authorization and prohibit a physician from asking a patient about firearm ownership or possession. (Physician Gag Law.) Status: Assigned to Senate Health and Human Services.

SB 180. Sen. Uecker, Cosponsors: Sens. Burke, Eklund, Hottinger, Hite, Gardner, Jordan, Patton. To prohibit an employer from discharging or otherwise discriminating against a person who exercises a constitutional or statutory right within the person's private real property or motor vehicle. (Guns in Workplace Parking Lots.) Status: Assigned to Senate Civil Justice Committee.

SB 199. Sen. Uecker, Gardner. To specify that an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces: (1) does not need a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed if the member is carrying valid military identification and a certificate indicating successful small arms qualification; and (2) may be sold or furnished a handgun if the member has received military or equivalent small arms training. Status: Assigned to Senate Civil Justice Committee.

Other bills not classified elsewhere

HB 165. Rep. Green, Cosponsors: Reps. Brenner, Rezabek, Kraus, Derickson, Terhar, Grossman, Maag. To allow an individual on active military duty, while on leave or furlough, to hunt deer or wild turkey without procuring a deer or wild turkey permit. Status: Passed House State Government Committee on October 13, 2015.