State Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) has introduced legislation in the Ohio Senate reaffirming the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights to keep and bear arms. Also known as "Constitutional Carry," the bill would allow Ohioans to legally conceal carry without being licensed by the state to do so. 

"An increasing number of states are moving toward legislation of this nature," said Jordan. "I believe that Ohio should remain at the forefront on efforts to preserve the right to self-defense."

Similar to legislation sponsored by State Representatives Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout), the bill would eliminate the requirement that a citizen obtain permission from the government in order to carry their firearm. 

If enacted, Ohio would join six other states with legislation reinforcing the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry firearms without governmental permission. Vermont's state constitution has protected this right since 1777. 

Senator Jordan's bill would not change who may own or carry a firearm. The types of firearms and where they may be legally carried also would not change under the proposed legislation. 

Ohio's existing Concealed Handgun licensure system would remain in place in order to satisfy and protect reciprocity with other states. 

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