Representative Ron Hood Wants to Make Ohio the Next Constitutional Carry State

Representative Ron Hood Wants to Make Ohio the Next Constitutional Carry State

Ron Hood, a long time champion for gun rights in the Ohio House of Representatives, believes that Ohio will be the 18th Constitutional Carry state. Hood declared on May 30, 2019, “it’s just a matter of time where we will have this law.”

With Republicans in control of all branches of the Ohio government, this is a strong possibility. Hood’s support for Constitutional Carry dates back to the 1990s. The Ohio state representatives’ current bill, HB 178, allows law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without having to obtain a permit.

As expected, this bill has drawn criticism from law enforcement groups and gun control advocacy groups. The former argue that this kind of bill would make their jobs more dangerous.


Gun control groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America have led the way in their opposition to this legislation. They turned to the cliché, “I support the Second Amendment, but” canard to dismiss this legislation. A spokesperson from the central Ohio chapter, Richele O’Connor stated that she thinks “we all want the same thing. I think we all want to be safe.”

She stressed the importance of finding common ground on this issue.

Unfazed by the criticism, Hood stood his ground and maintained that gun control laws are not effective in stopping crime. The state representative asserted, “Gun laws only hurt law-abiding citizens; criminals don’t obey gun laws of any kind.”

On the issue of gun rights, Ohio is a middling state for gun owners, ranking 28th in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for gun-friendly states. Hood’s constitutional carry bill would put Ohio’s gun laws on the correct path and give law-abiding Ohioans more options for personal defense.

Constitutional carry is one of the hottest issues of 2019. Three states — Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Dakota — have already passed this law halfway into the year. Should Ohio make constitutional carry law of the land, it will be the most populous Constitutional Carry state in the nation. 

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2 thoughts on “Representative Ron Hood Wants to Make Ohio the Next Constitutional Carry State

  1. You need to get this done, I a former Police Officer and Chief of Police here in Ohio and I 100 percent support the move. I had moved to New Mexico and carrying your weapon in you car was an extension of your home. You did not need to tell the officer you had the weapon upon or in the vehicle, but commonsense will for there safety and yours be beneficial. You would not expect a perp to tell you so why should a law abiding citizen going about there way. Again I would think if your in a traffic stop it would be best to calm nerves. It works in New Mexico just fine and Arizona as well.

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