Pass REAL Campus Concealed Carry
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I implore you to consider amending House Bill 48 to allow licensed campus concealed carry and remove the university campus carry opt-in clause retaining the authority to regulate campus carry in the general assembly.
Your committee, Government Oversight and Reform Committee, is scheduled to consider testimony on House Bill 48 on 11/29 & 11/30. This bill is an important piece of legislation that corrects many of the concessions law abiding Ohioans had to make in order to pass concealed carry. However, it leaves one concession virtually unrepaired.
It does very little to restore the right to carry a concealed handgun to the very people who are most impacted by the restriction; students, faculty, and staff.
On the surface, one can claim a victory in that it changes the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor. It also allows universities to opt in to campus carry. However, as evidenced by pending litigation brought by Students for Concealed Carry and Ohioans for Concealed Carry against Ohio State University, there is little desire to enact a policy permitting campus carry much less follow current law with respect to possession of firearms on college campuses.
This effectively makes no change for the university affiliate whose punishment can still be quite severe. Someone who has devoted his or her life to research will still be forced to choose between his or her career and safety as a university firearms policy violation will ensure he or she never works in academia again. For the student, it forces them to choose between their education and their safety as such a policy violation will ensure he or she is never able to earn an accredited degree.
The authority to regulate firearms on our public property should lie with the general assembly, not some appointed group of individuals who are not accountable to the people of Ohio through the election process.
Furthermore, the right to carry on college campuses should be restored. None of the states where is it currently practiced have experience any intentional act of violence by a licensee. There is no compelling argument to restrict campus carry and such restrictions on result in a rich victim pool for people intent on doing evil.
Please, for the sake of our best and brightest, amend HB48 and pass real campus carry.
The time to restrict their right to choose is no more.
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