COLUMBUS (3-7-22) – State Representative Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) and the Ohio House of Representatives voted recently in favor of Senate Bill 215 to allow law-abiding Ohioans to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

The landmark legislation is the most significant 2nd Amendment bill approved by Ohio lawmakers in years.

Legislators passed a similar piece of legislation, House Bill 227, out of the House in November.

Manchester said-

“The rights of Ohioans are non-negotiable. “I’m proud to support this legislation that will ensure law-abiding citizens are able to protect themselves.”

Under the bill, if you are 21 and legally qualify for a concealed carry license, you can legally carry a handgun concealed for any lawful purposes with no additional licenses, fees or paperwork required.

The bill does not eliminate Ohio’s concealed handgun license system, but rather makes it optional. Law-abiding Ohioans who still wish to obtain a permit would still be able to do so. For example, an Ohioan traveling to another state may wish to obtain a license for concealed carry reciprocity purposes. 

Senate Bill 215 will now head back to the Ohio Senate for concurrence before heading to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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State Representative Susan Manchester is serving her second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She serves the 84th District, which encompasses Mercer County, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.