Thursday, June 12, 2008

Change coming soon

From here is a summary of the changes in SB184.
For all law-abiding citizens (Not just gun owners)
Castle Doctrine: If someone breaks into your occupied home or temporary habitation, or your occupied car, you have an initial presumption that you may act in self defense. The prosecutors may overcome this presumption if illegal activity was happening or other extenuating circumstances, such as a husband and wife domestic violence situation.
Civil Immunity: Crime victims will be immune from civil actions from their attackers and their families for actions that cause a criminal to be harmed or killed.
Now, when the Act becomes law, and as long as there are not any extenuating circumstances, the case ENDS and the healing begins. No hauling off to jail. No worries about criminal trial and the whims of a jury. No civil suit from the bad guy’s family.
Duty to Retreat: A person who is lawfully in their residence or vehicle has no "duty to retreat" before using force in self-defense or defense of another.

For all gun owners:
Definition of a "loaded" gun.
SB184 will eliminate all the vague "ready at hand" language that has been bastardized in our courts and provide a simple way you can be sure you can legally transport your firearm. Simply put, the gun must be unloaded. An unloaded gun has no bullet in the chamber or cylinder. You may not have any loaded speed loaders or magazines for the gun in question anywhere in the motor vehicle. There are no longer any rules about where the gun or the ammo must be, or their relation to each other.

Section 2923.16 will be the only section controlling firearms transported in cars. Restrictions in other sections will apply outside of vehicles.
Carrying concealed weapons in one's own home will not require a concealed handgun license (CHL).

If a gun is seized and later ordered to be returned to the owner, and the police refuse to return the property and legal action is successful in getting property returned, it is mandatory that legal fees be reimbursed.

Concealed Handgun License (CHL) changes:
A CHL holder will be permitted to carry in a government owned building that is not a government facility where business is generally conducted. A CHL will be able to posses firearms in government owned parking garages, rest areas, and shelters. Carry in a BMV is prohibited.
The criminal penalty for a CHL carrying in a "no guns" parking lot is eliminated. The property owner retains a cause for an action for civil trespass.

A CHL holder will be permitted to pick-up/ drop-off a child in a the designated area of a school safety zone.

A CHL holder will be permitted to carry in retail facilities that sell alcohol for consumption off premises. (Giant Eagle, Wal-Mart, carry-out) as long as the license holder is not consuming alcohol and is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The holder of a liquor permit for consumption on premises who has a CHL will be permitted to carry in his/her own establishment, and will be permitted to hire police to provide security, including inside the liquor establishment.
Sealed and expunged records will no longer be disqualifying offenses and will not preclude persons from obtaining an Ohio CHL.

If a person fails to notify a police officer that they are armed during an official stop, and the license holder can prove that the officer had information that he was a CHL, the penalty will be reduced. NOTE: It is still required to notify police that you are armed and this change does NOT change or reduce your obligation to inform law enforcement when you are armed.
A CHL holder will be permitted to have a loaded handgun in an unlocked glove compartment and a center console in an automobile.
A landlord may not evict a tenant for owning a lawful firearm or possessing a concealed carry license.
The requirement for a written test during the re-qualification process is eliminated. A practical test is still required.

No comments: