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Warren Assistant Law Director/Police Legal Counsel Traci Timko Sabau, left, answers a question from Warren resident Susan Carney about Ohio’s new concealed carry law. More than 40 people attended a meeting in Warren about the new law. Staff Photo/Bob Coupland

WARREN — On June 13, a new law went into effect in Ohio that allows qualified adults to carry a loaded, concealed handgun without obtaining a license, taking a firearms course or undergoing a background check .

More than 40 residents, Warren city officials and council members attended a briefing Monday hosted by the Warren Northwest Neighborhood Association to hear from local law enforcement and legal experts about the new law. Portage of Ohio.

Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel and Deputy City General Counsel/Police Legal Counsel Traci Timko Sabau spent an hour explaining aspects of the new law and answering questions about the use of firearms for protective purposes.

“Laws are constantly changing in different states with covert carry,” says Merkel. “If you’re going to haul hidden out of state, whether you have a license or not, I recommend that you check each state and check their laws and if hauling without a license means the same as in Ohio.”

Merkel said that of the 26 states that have transitioned to unlicensed portering, most have done so in the past 10 years.

He said if an Ohioan travels with a firearm in Pennsylvania, he or she will be fine with an Ohio concealed carry permit.

“We have trained our agents and are working with the legal department on this. We follow the law and make the most of it,” says Merkel.

Law enforcement is adapting but will see what the long-term impact, if any, of the new law will be on public safety and gun violence in general, he said.

Timko Sabau said that under the new law a person can carry a firearm inside a vehicle.

“(According to the old law), if you completely separate your weapon from your ammunition in the vehicle in a locked box or in the trunk, you can transport it in a car”, she says. “The constitutional postponement says that it is not necessary to separate everything or make it inaccessible. It may be on you.

Timko Sabau said private businesses can post signs prohibiting the presence of firearms indoors.

“If you post this sign and someone walks in with a gun, that’s not a gun charge but a criminal trespassing charge,” she says. “If someone walks into a business and consumes alcohol with a gun, that’s a gun charge.”

But Timko Sabau said police were banned from enforcing gun bans in a car park.

Churches may prohibit weapons inside a church building unless permitted by that church.

Warren resident Susan Carney asked if someone breaks into a house, does the resident have to announce she has a gun? Timko Sabau said the use of lethal force is fully permitted to protect oneself inside a home or vehicle in the event of serious injury or death. Ohio “defend your territory” The law allows a person to protect themselves with a gun when they think they are in danger even if they could have fled or retreated, she said.

“If you ever pull that trigger it’s because someone walks through the door of your house or gets into your car and you think your life is in danger and that’s why you pull the trigger and act on it” , said Timko Sabau.

Bob Weitzel, vice president of the neighborhood association, said many people face situations where they feel they need to use a weapon to defend themselves or help stop someone else from getting hurt. be injured.

Merkel and Timko Sabau recommended that anyone carrying a firearm receive the necessary hours of training in a classroom and instruction at a shooting range.

Under Ohio law, a concealed handgun can be carried in some places but not in others:

Prohibited transport zones:

law enforcement offices;

Correctional institutions;

Airport passenger terminals;

care facilities for the mentally ill;

Courthouses or buildings with a courtroom;

The universities;

places of worship;

Government facilities;

School buildings, buses and security areas;

Private property with appropriate signage.

Authorized transport zones:

Roadside rest areas;

State parks and forests;

Private plane ;

Private vehicles;

Unsecured areas at airports, such as parking garages;

day care centers;

School premises if the weapon is locked in a vehicle;

Private employer parking areas with weapon locked in vehicle.

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