With the entire country in shock over the killing of 20 grade school children in Connecticut, Governor Kasich is preparing to sign a gun bill that will allow anyone to bring a gun into the Ohio Statehouse parking garage and will allow anyone to carry a loaded magazine or speed loader along with their gun within reach of the driver.
To be fair, there’s a case to be made for the statehouse provision – though I do think the way they made it is pretty weak. No one really believes a legislator is going to show up to work after a long day of hunting. But a legislator with a concealed carry permit, for example, would no longer be required to park his/her vehicle at a meter outside of the statehouse parking garage. (not that they ever really did before)
I do, however, have a problem with the other provision.
Under current law you can’t carry a loaded magazine or speed loader (which is used to quickly load a revolver) in the car with your gun unless you have a concealed carry permit. But in the bill waiting for the governor’s signature, “unloaded” is redefined so that anyone can have a loaded magazine stored in: “A pocket or other enclosure on the person of the person in question that closes using a snap, button, buckle, zipper, hook and loop closing mechanism, or other fastener that must be opened to access the contents”.
In other words, any yahoo with a gun can now have a semi-auto pistol in his glove box and loaded magazines the pockets of his cargo pants.
You can already carry a loaded gun in your car by taking a CCW class, passing a background check and getting your CCW license. Do we really need every untrained, unlicensed Ohioan doing the same thing?