Gun collectors, hunters and sportsmen in the Buckeye State should be celebrating this week as a bevy of pro-gun laws took effect Monday, including one that allows the use of suppressors during hunting.
Among the other new laws are one that allows one to buy rifles, shotguns and ammo from any state; one that reduces the number of training hours required for one to obtain a concealed carry permit; one that makes all out-of-state concealed carry permits valid in Ohio; and an expanded background check process for CCW permits.
“This is a very comprehensive bill,” Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, told the Columbus Dispatch. “Over time, people will look back and see this as a watershed law that fixed a lot of little things.”
“For the first time, Ohio is going to do real background checks,” Irvine continued. The new law empowers county sheriffs to check three national databases directly, instead of just one maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation of the Ohio attorney general’s office. The federal databases contain voluminous criminal-history records, including warrants, protection orders and lists of people who don’t qualify for a permit because of a prior arrest or dishonorable military discharge.”
While many within the firearms community are on board with the new changes, some see the cut down in training hours as a threat to public safety. The firearms instructor featured in the video above argues that eight hours is too few to properly train a concealed carry applicant.
Yet the obvious rebuttal to that argument is that the Second Amendment is a fundamental and Constitutionally-protected right, one that many believe shouldn’t be subject to restrictions, i.e. mandatory training. To put this in a different light, one doesn’t need training to exercise one’s right to free speech or to practice a religion.
No one would argue that gun owners and concealed carry permit holders should train as much as possible. But whether a certain number of hours of training should be required before one is allowed to carry in the public squares remains a topic for debate.