The latest effort to expand the carrying of firearms into courthouses comes from Ohio in the form of HB 236.
Current Ohio law (O.R.S. 2923.123) generally makes it a fifth degree felony to carry a firearm into a courthouse.
(A) No person shall knowingly convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance into a courthouse or into another building or structure in which a courtroom is located.
(B) No person shall knowingly possess or have under the person’s control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a courthouse or in another building or structure in which a courtroom is located.
Paragraph C of the law provides exceptions for judges, peace officers and law enforcement, bailiffs, and prosecutors.
HB 236 adds an additional exception for all “government officials” as 2923.123(C)(2)(c)
This section does not apply to… A government official who conveys or attempts to convey a handgun into, or possesses or has under the official’s control a handgun in, a courthouse or another building or structure in which a courtroom is located if the official has been issued and at the time of the conveyance, attempted conveyance, possession, or control is carrying a valid concealed handgun license, and the courthouse, building, or structure is not a secure facility.
The bill also defines “government officials” as “any elected or appointed officer or employee of the state or any political subdivision of the state.”
HB 236 is currently pending in the House with no committee assignment.