GOOD: Ohio House bill reduces penalty to $25 for not disclosing gun in car

A good step in the right direction. Shouldn’t lose your license for not notifying the police something that isn’t really their business.

But House Bill 142, approved 69-24 by the House, would reduce that penalty to a $25 fine with no chance for a gun license suspension. It also would no longer require “prompt” notification, which some argued was a confusing requirement in current law.

Not that I mind notifying, however, it shouldn’t be a requirement. It’s a violation of the Second Amendment. Usually, when you notify, they ask to run your firearm and search your car. It’s a long drawn out process for no good reason.

Mike Weinman of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio told a House committee he was “dumbfounded” by the opposition to the current required notification, calling it a “constitutionally sound, common sense measure to keep the permit holder and officer safe.” He said the FOP still opposes the bill.

“Why wouldn’t you want to tell officers? Only criminals don’t tell,” he said.

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