Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Conceal-carry Exception for College Campuses Not at Risk

Earlier this month Sen. Keith Faber (R - Celina) introduced Senate Bill 318 before the Criminal Justice Committee. The bill is part of a series of efforts to “restore the proper recognition of the rights of Ohio’s citizens.” Faber’s bill had been described as a “firearms modernization” package due to the number of corrections it contains to some of the more technical areas of the Ohio Revised Code. Current law permitting licensed individuals to carry firearms in a concealed manner contains an exception for higher education institutions. Faber’s bill, as introduced, would eliminate that exception.

The bill was scheduled for its second hearing this morning until Chairman Tim Grendell (R – Chesterland) pulled it from the agenda saying, “Much more work needs to be done before we proceed further on this issue.” After a conversation with Senate staff, we learned that the higher education language in the Faber bill will be eliminated. AICUO was a moving force behind the creation of the higher education exception and continues to back the exemption.

—Dustin Holfinger