Ohio Pro-Second Amendment Bill with Police Reforms Clears House but Democrats Protest the Measure

Ohio House passed a pro-Second Amendment bill that would help reduce the number of people shot by police for possessing a firearm during police encounters. House Bill 425 requires police officers to ask whether a concealed carry permit holder was armed instead of requiring them to “promptly” inform the police. The new bill will help reduce tensions, possible misunderstandings, and blame-shifting whenever a firearm is present during a police stop.

Currently, the language used in the law is vague because “promptly” informing a police officer is relative, and law enforcement agents could always claim that the armed person did not promptly notify them. Additionally, the way a citizen informs the police officer of a present firearm could be construed as a threat. It would also remove the penalty for a citizen for failing to notify an officer.

However, the Democrats were not happy with the measure and said it would endanger both the police and armed citizens. House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), said the bill would create a racial divide and put black lives at risk.

“House Bill 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,” Sykes said.

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It is not surprising for Democrats to play the race card even on an issue supposed to protect the same group of people they purport to defend. The law guarantees the safety of the citizens, especially those allegedly targeted by police. It eliminates the possibility of officers unnecessarily shooting citizens and claiming a firearm was present, and the subject failed to notify the police promptly. It brings more accountability on the part of the police instead of placing a disputable requirement on the civilian.

Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst), said the bill introduced a conflict between civilians and the police.

“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.”

However, Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster), said “promptly” notifying an officer was controversial and vague, and therefore, prone to misinterpretation by different officers.

Many things could go wrong in the process of notifying an officer. A citizen could forget to make the announcement, or the officer could fail to hear or register it. The time between the stop and making the announcement could also be disputed whether it was “promptly enough.” This law makes reforms on how the police should deal with civilians, but who would have thought that Democrats did not support police reforms?

For them, it is just another opportunity to politick instead of prioritizing the safety of civilians by supporting the bill. They need more people shot by police so they could scream “racism” and have a course to rally citizens to the ballot to elect them as the messiahs. Fortunately, the bill heads to the Senate where it is likely to receive bipartisan support.

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