LAST-MINUTE AMENDMENTS WOULD CLOSE OFF ACCESS TO ALL CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT APPLICATIONS
The public will have no ability to monitor government
regulation of constitutionally protected activity.
As originally written, SB 1335
(Obenshain) would have allowed clerks of court to withhold applications of people who have presented a certified copy of a protective order.
We did not oppose the original version of this bill. We have said all along that individuals with protective orders should be able to get a judge to seal their application.
The bill proposed not a sealing order, but a similar confidentiality provision.
That’s how the bill went through the Senate. No objections, no amendments.
Then, it goes into a House subcommittee -- at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning -- and comes out with an amendment -- now a substitute -- to close off access to all CPS. ALL
of them. The bill then went to the full committee this morning at 8 a.m. and was passed on a 16-6 vote.*
We urge everyone to contact the members of
the House to express your opposition to this bill.
Here is WHY we oppose the substitute:
The government has determined it will regulate this area
of personal property ownership that can be presumed
to be constitutionally protected activity.
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- When the government gets to say yes or no to someone having a concealed handgun,
- When the government heavily regulates the standards by which concealed gun ownership is permitted,
- When the government allows permits to be used as a form of identification to vote,
- THEN THE PUBLIC MUST BE ABLE TO SEE FOR ITSELF WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT REGULATION IS CONDUCTED CORRECTLY.