The long awaited end to one of the dumbest provisions of Ohio's original concealed carry law is here. For the first time in the almost three years since Ohio's concealed carry law took effect, CHL-holders are no longer required to carry their holstered firearm in "plain sight" while in a motor vehicle. The unpopular, unsafe requirement was struck from Ohio's law by HB347, a bill which became law despite a gubernatorial veto last December. License holders may now carry in an unlocked closed purse or bag so long as the purse or bag is closed with a snap, buckle or zipper and is in plain sight. Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) issued under the new law are good for 5 years versus 4 years under current law. The application fee increases to $55. Sheriffs must accept applications for CHLs at least 15 hours per week (and applications for Temporary Emergency Licenses (TELs) during normal business hours), ending the administrative harassment some counties were imposing upon applicants. Let us be clear. Ohio law is by no means "fixed". Many more onerous restrictions remain. It is important that Ohio gun owners and CHL-holders understand all the rules. Today also marks the beginning of statewide preemption of firearms laws. Local regulation of firearms is now completely preempted at the State level, ending cities ability to enforce a patchwork quilt of firearm laws across Ohio. While the intent of the law is that firearms laws be the same throughout the Buckeye state, that does not mean that any cities have repealed their firearm restrictions. Until they do, or court cases set a clear precedent, caution is advised. Don't be a test case. Ohio is one of only four states that still cling to "home rule", giving local municipalities (and their media apologists) the false impression they can trump state law. It is fully expected that two or more Ohio cities will join forces in an effort to challenge the statewide preemption portion of this law in court. Fortunately, HB347 makes the award of attorney fees mandatory for any group that successfully challenges a municipal firearm ordinance, meaning cities that attempt defiance of this provision will financially pay for their obstinance. Stay tuned to this website for updates on legal challenges to HB347. www.buckeyefirearms.org/article3597.html I don't know about you guys but I was getting pretty damn tired of the Buckeye tuck.. Party on dudes!