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In December, Governor John Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 199, also referred to as Ohio's "campus carry" bill, into law, which took effect on March 21, 2017. The law makes a number of amendments to Ohio's gun laws, which include expanding places where Ohioans can lawfully carry, permitting active duty military members to carry a handgun without a concealed handgun license, and eliminating the ability of employers to prevent their employees from transporting guns to and from work.
Not surprisingly, these changes come with restrictions. Despite expanding the list of places where carrying is permitted, the law places several requirements on how to carry and how to store a handgun in certain places, such as school zones. Thus, it is important to know exactly what the law requires before carrying a handgun into one of these places.
Q: Is Ohio still an open-carry state?
A: Yes. Ohio remains an open-carry state, meaning that individuals who legally possess a firearm can openly carry in Ohio with or without a concealed handgun license. However, there are restrictions on transporting firearms without a concealed handgun license. An unloaded firearm may be transported in a vehicle only if it is (1) in a closed package, box, bag, or case; (2) in a compartment that can only be reached by leaving the vehicle; or (3) in plain sight and secured. A long gun may only be transported in a vehicle if the gun is in plain sight with the action open or the long gun stripped (taken apart). As there are long guns which cannot be easily stripped and for which the action will not stay open, in those cases, the gun must simply be in plain sight.
Q: Can I carry a concealed handgun in a school safety zone?
A: Yes. The law allows persons carrying with a valid concealed handgun license or active military members to carry in a school safety zone if the person does not enter a school building or school premises, and is not knowingly in a place prohibited under Ohio law. The handgun must be left inside a motor vehicle at all times. If the person gets out of the vehicle, he or she must lock the vehicle. A school safety zone includes schools, school buildings, school premises, school activities, and school buses.
Q: Can I carry a concealed handgun on a college campus?
A: Yes, if the school allows for it. The law permits an individual with a valid concealed handgun license to carry if the board of trustees or other governing body of the public or private college, university, or other institution of higher education has adopted a written policy or rule authorizing individuals to carry a concealed handgun on school premises. If, however, the college or university does not have a written policy or rule authorizing a person to carry a concealed handgun on the school's premises, then carrying a concealed handgun—even with a license—is prohibited.
Q: Can my employer prohibit me from carrying my handgun to work?
A: Your employer can lawfully restrict your ability to carry your handgun inside your office or place of employment, but your employer cannot prohibit you from transporting your handgun to work and storing it in your motor vehicle. The firearm must be kept and locked inside an enclosed compartment or container within your privately-owned vehicle and the vehicle must be in a location it is otherwise permitted to be, such as a designated employee parking lot.
Q: How does Senate Bill 199 affect active duty military members?
A: The law permits active duty members of the armed forces to carry handguns without a concealed handgun license, pursuant to all other Ohio handgun laws, if he or she is carrying a valid military identification card, as well as documentation of his or her completion of firearms training that meets Ohio's training requirements. If the active duty member meets the criteria to carry, he or she is bound by the same laws, and enjoys the same rights, applicable to persons carrying pursuant to a valid concealed handgun license.
This "Law You Can Use" consumer legal information column was provided by the Ohio State Bar Association. It was prepared by attorney Nadia A. Klarr of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.
Articles appearing in this column are intended to provide broad, general information about the law. This article is not intended to be legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from a licensed attorney.
PULLINS LAW FIRM LLC JOINS NEXTLAW GLOBAL REFERRAL NETWORK - Will connect clients to top tier legal talent around the world
Mount Vernon, Ohio – The Pullins Law Firm LLC today announced it has joined Nextlaw Global Referral Network, enabling it to connect its clients to high quality lawyers around the world. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the largest legal referral network in the world, with 283 member firms, 18,600 lawyers covering 160 countries.
Scott A. Pullins said, “By joining Nextlaw Global Referral Network, we can now provide our clients with the best of all worlds by continuing to serve them where we currently have an office, while also being able to direct them to top tier lawyers in other jurisdictions where they need legal counsel and business advice. We can build on our trusted relationships with our clients by putting the full resources of the global, legal powerhouse at their disposal.”
Jeff Modisett, Nextlaw Global Referral Network CEO said, “We’re proud to have The Pullins Law Firm LLC as part of our network. We’re only as good as the quality of our member firms and The Pullins Law Firm LLC makes us stronger and better able to meet the needs of our other members’ clients in Central Ohio.”
Nextlaw Global Referral Network was created by Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. The network, which is free to join, employs a detailed screening system to guarantee the quality of its member firms and has developed proprietary technology to allow members to identify lawyers at other member firms with the appropriate experience where clients need legal counsel.
About the Pullins Law Firm LLC
The Pullins Law Firm LLC provides affordable and innovative legal services primarily to small businesses, investors, and political organizations. The Pullins Law Firm LLC was founded and is operated by Scott A. Pullins. Scott A. Pullins is an Ohio based attorney and public affairs consultant. He advises clients on complex legal, business, marketing and public policy issues. He cofounded and led Ohio’s only statewide, pro-taxpayer organization for over ten years. Through that work he appeared as a guest or was interviewed by the Fox News Channel, Court TV, the Ohio News Network, Ohio Public TV and Radio, Clear Channel Radio, National Public Radio, and various major television network affiliates. He also was interviewed or had guest columns appear in very major Ohio newspaper, several national newspapers and most other daily and weekly newspapers throughout Ohio.
Mr. Pullins served as a top advisor to former House Speaker Larry Householder, the first speaker to take over after Ohio imposed term limits. He was widely credited for helping Mr. Householder secure that position. Mr. Pullins served as a consultant to Ohio Members of Congress Jean Schmidt, Jim Jordan, and Bob Latta and for several years wrote and published a popular blog on Ohio issues.
Mr. Pullins served as the volunteer chairman of the boards of the East and North Columbus Drop Back in Learning Academies. These academies are innovative public charter schools managed by Edison Learning.
From 2011 until 2013 Pullins worked as a Default Analyst for the Mortgage Banking Executive Office of JPMorgan Chase Bank NA. Mr. Pullins was assigned to work on highly escalated complaints concerning the National Mortgage Settlement, the Independent Foreclosure Review Settlement, CFPB and OCC issues, and other key regulatory issues. Mr. Pullins won numerous awards and recognition for his work on behalf of the bank.
Most recently, Mr. Pullins was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ilead Spring Meadows Charter School. Ilead Spring Meadows is a tuition free public charter school that provides project based deeper learning. www.pullinslaw.com
About Nextlaw Global Referral Network
Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the client focused legal referral network created by Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the largest legal network in the world. It’s free to join, open to all high-quality law firms regardless of size and does not grant geographic exclusivity to its members. This enables the network to connect clients of member firms to the best lawyers with the appropriate experience in the locations where clients need legal counsel. The network utilizes a proprietary technology platform to help member firms research, contact and rate the performance of network members in order to guarantee that clients receive the highest quality legal advice and business solutions. www.nextlawnetwork.com
Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries. www.dentons.com.
The Fairness Center is hiring for an Assistant General Counsel in Harrisburg or Philadelphia, PA.
The Fairness Center is a nonprofit, public interest law firm offering free legal services to those facing unjust treatment from public employee union leaders. The AGC will work with the General Counsel to conduct all litigation, including assisting with case selection; serve as a public spokesperson for TFC; and litigate cutting-edge cases in the areas of public employee law in state and federal courts.
The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of litigation experience and Pennsylvania bar admission (or the ability to be admitted quickly due to experience elsewhere).
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A most excellent idea:
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is urging lawmakers to pass legislation to cut fees associated with forming a business in Ohio by approximately 21% to make it easier and less expensive to do business in Ohio. The proposed bill has been identified as a legislative priority for the Ohio House of Representatives by Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and the majority leadership team.
“This proposal is a success dividend. We are doing more with less in the Secretary of State’s Office, providing the best possible customer service, which has led to record business filings and increased revenues. Now we want to pass the savings on to our customers,” Secretary Husted said. “Passage of this legislation will make it even more affordable to do business, attracting more companies to Ohio. I applaud Speaker Rosenberger and his leadership team for making this a priority.”
Under the proposed legislation, Ohio will see the first reduction in fees associated with business filings in modern history and make Ohio more competitive with other states. The cost to start a business in Ohio would drop from the current $125 to $99. In other states, filing fees can be as high as $500 and many states charge an annual fee on top of the initial filing fee, depending on the type of business. Over a five-year period, taking into account initial and annual fees, the proposed cut would make Ohio the most affordable place to start a limited liability company as compared to the surrounding states of Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Secretary Husted also noted that the benefits of cutting filings fees extend beyond making it easier to do business in Ohio.
“This is not only good for Ohio’s businesses, but also for Ohio families,” Secretary Husted said. “Making it easier to do business encourages economic growth, which can lead to new and better employment opportunities for hardworking Ohioans.”
The push to cut filing fees is the latest in a series of efforts by Secretary Husted to roll out the red carpet for businesses.
In October 2013, Secretary Husted launched Ohio Business Central, allowing businesses to file some of the most commonly-used forms online. This saves businesses time and money and has significantly streamlined administration at the Secretary of State’s Office. To date, more than 35,000 filings have been submitted and half of all new companies are now started online in Ohio.
Ohio is in a position to reduce filing fees as a result of Secretary Husted’s fiscal stewardship over the past four years. During that time Secretary Husted saved taxpayers more than $14 million in spending compared to the previous administration – representing a 16% cut. As part of that, payroll costs were down by $4.4 million and Fiscal Year 2014 marked the lowest spending on payroll in seven years.
Ohio’s ever-improving business climate is evident in Secretary Husted’s recent announcement that the state experienced the fifth consecutive year of record new business filings. In 2014, 93,775 new businesses filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. These numbers were up from 2013, in which 89,735 filed. This is a positive trend Secretary Husted hopes will continue to build in the years ahead.
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.
Here's the draft of our testimony for them:
December 3, 2014
by Joe Murnane
Volunteer, Saving Trooper
P.O. Box 461
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
of the Ohio Senate
H. B. 490
Chairman Hite and Members of the Committee, thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of the Members of Saving Trooper and its over 17,000 petition signers. Saving Trooper was formed in 2013 to support the efforts of the late Carol Deyo, a former vet tech who found two severely wounded deer and nursed them back to health.
Unfortunately, under current law, Ms. Deyo’s humanitarian efforts were illegal and she was marked for criminal prosecution by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Deyo spent the last year of her life fighting to save these two deer and her raccoons from destruction by this state agency. Luckily, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources came to its senses, a settlement was offered and accepted, the animals were spared, and Ms. Deyo avoided prosecution.
Now, the same state agencies that sought to criminalize the late Ms. Deyo’s actions are asking you to remove this deer sanctuary language from the bill, that was passed, without any opposition by the Ohio House. Their arguments are without merit as I will explain.
First, this amendment is not about rehabilitating deer and releasing them back into the wild as others have testified. The language of the amendment was very narrowly crafted to apply to only those deer that are too injured to ever be returned to the wild. In fact, the language specifically prohibits any licensee from releasing the deer back into the wild.
Second, this amendment will not lead to the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). There has been only once case to date of this disease, found on a Holmes County deer hunting preserve. In addition, because these injured deer will never be released to the wild, they are not likely to spread the disease.
Third, this amendment will not enable to allow individuals to have pet deer in their back yards. The bill specifically authorizes the Director of the Department of Agriculture to establish rules and criteria for the licensing of the individuals and the facilities that will hold the deer. In fact, the Department of Agriculture is already well versed in the licensing, regulation, and inspection of captive deer hunting preserves. These hunting preserves are much larger operations and have many more deer than any likely deer sanctuary.
I would urge you to retain this amendment to the bill as passed, without opposition, in the House. Thank you and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.
My letter to the editor on behalf of Saving Trooper appeared in today's Mount Vernon News. Here it is:
This week, the Ohio Senate will take up House Bill 490. Supporters of deer sanctuaries in Ohio, known as Saving Trooper from here in Knox County, were able to persuade the Ohio House to add language to this bill establishing licensed, regulated, and privately funded deer sanctuaries. Unfortunately, the same state agencies that attempted to criminalize the efforts of the late Carol Deyo to save crippled deer Trooper and Patch and her raccoons are now trying to remove this amendment from the bill.
The government agencies objections are wholly without merit. Ohioans will not utilize this legislation to make deer pets. Rather, it establishes a process for the establishment, licensing, regulation, and inspection of deer sanctuaries, by highly trained individuals and groups. The deer that are taken in are those that are too ill or too injured to ever be returned to the wild.
Under current law, Ohioans that come upon a wounded deer have a handful of bad choices, kill the deer themselves, contact the Division of Wildlife who will kill the deer, or attempt to nurse the deer back to health themselves and face criminal prosecution like the late Carol Deyo did. This amendment provides a common sense resolution to this problem. Please join me in contacting the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at
http://www.ohiosenate.gov/committee/agriculture and ask them to keep this common sense amendment in the bill.
Scott Allan Pullins
The Beacon Center of Tennessee is hiring for an In-House Legal Counsel in Nashville, TN.
The Legal Counsel will be responsible for overseeing all of Beacon Center legal efforts, assisting in the advancement of the Center’s policy objectives, and advising the Center’s leadership on legal matters.
The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of legal experience (preferably in the field of public interest law or related litigation), an affinity for liberty and free market principles, and be admitted to the Tennessee bar (or be prepared to sit for Tennessee bar exam in February 2015).
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