By Anna Staver Posted Jun 12, 2020 at 7:50 AM

House Republicans passed a bill late Thursday night that would change how officers interact with the more than 673,000 Ohioans who hold a concealed carry license.

House Bill 425 would eliminate the duty to “promptly notify” an officer that you’re carrying a concealed firearm and replace it with a duty to notify in response to a direction question about whether you’re armed. It would also significantly lower the penalty for failure to notify.

Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, said the word “promptly” is too vague because different officers have different interpretations of what that means.

“This has intruded on the constitutional rights of too many Ohioans,” Wiggam said.

Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, responded by saying now is not the time for a bill that potentially increases the tension between law enforcement and Ohioans.

“This bill does not correct an unconstitutional policy, nor does it increase the safety of our citizens or peace officers,” Miller said. “Now is the time to bring unity rather than division.”

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, D-Akron, said, “As protesters continue to march across the country, there have been calls from law enforcement for communities to work alongside them to bridge racial divides and rebuild together. However, HB 425 is not working with police. In fact, it’s pushing through something that makes them less safe on the job while potentially putting even more black lives at risk.”

Democratic Rep. Jessica Miranda offered an amendment that would have made it a crime to not follow safe storage guidelines for firearms, but it failed on a party line vote.

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