Which States Have Unlicensed Gun Laws?
(NEXSTAR) — On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 into law, which will allow residents over the age of 21 to carry firearms without a license. Ohio is the 23rd US state to adopt such a measure.
“Unlicensed carry,” sometimes called “constitutional carry” by proponents, allows anyone who can legally carry a gun to do so without training or background checks, The Hill explains. However, unlicensed carry laws are not the same as open carry laws, and Ohio law requires residents to have concealed carry permits.
SB 215 also eliminates the requirement for weapon bearers to inform police of their weapons, although denying having a weapon when requested by an officer remains a misdemeanor. The law comes into force in three months.
Currently, other states with unlicensed transportation laws are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi , Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
A recently passed House bill in Indiana could soon legalize unlicensed transportation there as well, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. That bill, which would allow residents 18 and older to carry guns without a license, now awaits Governor Eric Holcomb’s signature. Georgia’s House also approved a similar bill last week, and it is expected to become law pending Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature.
Proponents of “constitutional carry” argue that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution grants the right to carry a gun without a license. Critics say carrying without a license laws will allow people who shouldn’t have guns to get hold of them.
Bills like SB 215 polarize law enforcement officials, some of whom fear it could put their lives at risk. Last year, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke out against the Texas law, saying “responsible gun owners” – including police chiefs, sheriffs and police – are opposed to wearing without a permit.
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