Law-abiding citizens who carry guns in Ohio are now allowed to carry them more places.
Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 199 into law in December 2016 and the changes went to effect on Monday.
The new law prohibits employers from banning weapon storage in privately owned vehicles on their premises and allows municipalities and colleges to decide for themselves whether or not concealed carry should be allowed on their campuses.
“The main reason for the change was to remove victim zones,” said Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association and a concealed carry instructor who lives in Archbold. “The bottom line is that bad guys don’t care whether guns are allowed or not. They do what they want; they carry illegally and they hurt people. This law gives good, law-abiding people the opportunity to carry as well. They deserve the chance to defend themselves.”
The law also puts the Second Amendment on equal footing with the First, he said.
“Business rights don’t extend to violate civil rights and an employer can’t tell you what to do with your own property,” Baus said. “You can’t be fired for keeping a Bible or a Quran in your car and you can’t be fired for sporting a political bumper sticker your boss disagrees with. The Second Amendment deserves the same protection.”