LMM would like to express our concern regarding Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to sign Senate Bill 215 into law. With the passage of this bill, Ohio became the 23rd state in the U.S. to take away the need for training and/or permits to openly carry a handgun. 

This law allows for anyone 21 years or older to carry a concealed weapon, eliminates the penalty previously in place for persons who fail to announce the presence of a firearm in their vehicle during a traffic stop, and would allow for enforcement officers to continue "Terry stops" during which police briefly detain people when there is reasonable suspicion they've committed a crime. 

LMM will be reviewing how the expanded ability to carry firearms could increase gun violence specifically against communities of color. Click here to read more about Senate Bill 215.