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Thu, May 25, 2017

Valid concealed carry holders no longer require background checks for gun purchases in Ohio

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Mike DeWine

COLUMBUS--Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that Ohioans who have a valid concealed handgun license have now had background checks sufficient to purchase firearms without the red tape of another background check.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have agreed to Attorney General DeWine's request for an exemption to the mandatory National Instant Criminal Background Check provided the Ohio concealed handgun license was issued on or after March 23, 2015, and that the permit has not expired under state law or been revoked.

"I'm pleased Ohio concealed carry license holders will not have to undergo additional background checks each time they want to buy a firearm," DeWine said. "Ohio concealed carry license holders who are in good standing have already passed thorough state and federal background checks, so there is no reason to force them to submit to additional checks if they want to buy a firearm."

Attorney General DeWine was able to work with the ATF to obtain this exemption following changes made by the Ohio General Assembly in House Bill 234 that required the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for all new and renewed concealed handgun licenses.

Ohio is the 25th state to receive a NICS exemption for its concealed handgun license holders.

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