CINCINNATI, Ohio – New gun laws taking effect in Ohio on Tuesday are expanding where people can carry concealed weapons.
One of those changes include the employee parking lot carry, which means concealed carry owners can store their gun in the car while they are at work. As of right now, you can be terminated for doing that, reported WTOL. Although prudence should dictate a locked container in the vehicle.
You will also be able to bring a firearm into a daycare assuming they do not prohibit one per policy. If the daycare puts up a ‘NO guns’ sign on the premises, then weapons need to be secured in a locked vehicle.
Another change allows gun carriers to store their weapon in the car while in a school zone.
Also, at airports concealed carry owners will be able to drop off travelers and even go to baggage claims in non-secured areas.
Joe Eaton, with the Buckeye Firearms Association, said his group pushed for the changes in the law, and talked about why he felt some of these changes were needed.
“It’s currently a felony and that’s where we ran into a problem because a lot of people don’t know if their kids are going to be called sick from school. They may be at work, and they have their firearm, and they would have to go home first and dispose of the gun at their house before going back and picking up the kids. There was a lot of honest people just trying to stay in line with the law,” he said.
Eaton said these laws will bring Ohio in line with neighboring states like Kentucky and Indiana.
Placing firearms in automobiles for the convenience of hunters using them afterward was a big part of their lobby. He said now his members won’t get fired for storing their guns in their car to go hunting after work.