Jim Irvine, BFA board president, said, “This is the result of more than six years of work by BFA to improve and simplify background checks for Ohio gun owners”
House Bill 234 passed in December of 2014 and became law in March of 2015. That bill improved the background check and added disqualifications so that people who are not permitted to buy or possess firearms do not qualify for a CHL, according to Irvine.
Amanda Gillespie, assistant professor of Political Science at Miami University, said the issue is a win for the gun lobby, but amounts to “not much,” in terms of changing the landscape of what it takes to own a gun.
“I know there is a lot of talk about background checks, but there is really a lot of talk about whether or not they prevent crime,” Gillespie explained. “There is a lot of talk about mental illness, privacy and other things like that. So the question is how effective our they? This is a definite win for the gun lobby, but it is not overly controversial. There are 24 other states that have this law on their books.”
Premier Shooting & Training Center General Manager Jim Lentz and Tommie Rowland of the center, both are glad to see the feds approve DeWine’s request.
Lentz said safety is always a priority and following the rules to be able to purchase a firearm is one too. Rowland added that people are glad to have the red tape removed from people who are already legally able to purchase a firearm.
“Getting your CCW is a stricter gun background check regulation to go through, so that was put in place to cut down on illegal purchases,” Rowland said. “This a big improvement on how legal gun buyers can purchase a firearm.”
Mary Jones, 59, of Middletown, said the issue seems confusing and there should be ‘layers of filters in place,” when buying a firearm.
“This isn’t like buying furniture or a car or food,” she said. “Why make it easier?”