State Legislation Changes

OHIO HOUSE BILL 614 EXTENDS THE GRACE PERIOD OF CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSES EXPIRING AFTER MARCH 9, 2020 UNTIL JUNE 30, 2021.

Governor DeWine has signed House Bill 614, which extends the expiration grace period of concealed handgun licenses expiring AFTER MARCH 9, 2020  and extending it UNTIL JUNE 30, 2021. It also allows applicants to apply at any sheriff’s office in the state of Ohio.


OHIO CONCEAL CARRY LICENSE HOLDERS & PROTECTIVE MASKS

From Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General:

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has been contacted by a number of Ohioans asking if it is legal for someone with a concealed-carry license to carry a concealed firearm while wearing a mask to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Apparently misinformation is being spread through social media on this topic.

The correct answer is that in Ohio, concealed carry laws do not prohibit a citizen from carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask as long as that person also is carrying their concealed carry license and abiding by all Ohio concealed carry laws.


MEDICAL MARIJUANA WARNING
EFFECTIVE September 8, 2016, Ohio House Bill 523 legalized medical marijuana in Ohio and created the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP). The MMCP allows individuals with certain medical conditions to purchase and use medical marijuana upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board.
However, federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3)) prohibits any person “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802))” from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the federal controlled substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance.
There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana used for medical purposes – even if such use is sanctioned by state law.
Therefore, even if you are legally using medical marijuana under the MMPC, you may be denied an Ohio Concealed Handgun License and may be prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun under federal law.