COLUMBUS—State Representatives (R-West Union) and Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) have announced that House Bill 45—which amends Ohio’s concealed carry laws to make them simpler and consistent with other states—passed from the House State Government and Elections Committee.Specifically, House Bill 45 will simplify the provisions related to the carrying of firearms in vehicles by eliminating the “micromanaging” provisions that dictate where a gun must be stored in a vehicle, which allows law-abiding citizens to avoid accidental violations. It retains the current procedures that are followed when a licensee is pulled over and approached by a law enforcement official.The legislation would also permit license holders to carry in establishments that serve alcohol provided that the individual is not consuming alcohol or under the influence of alcohol, but maintains existing penalties for violations. Private establishments would still have the authority to prohibit concealed carry on their premises.“House Bill 45 is an important step in providing a safe, legal environment for Ohio’s law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits,” Bubp said.“It is important that Ohio’s concealed carry laws are comprehensive and in line with those of other states,” said Johnson. “Lawful concealed carry licensees in Ohio who have followed the rules and been responsible gun owners should have similar rights and liberties as licensees in other states.”Of the 48 states that issue concealed carry licenses, Ohio is one of only a handful of states that prohibit individuals with a concealed carry license from carrying in a restaurant where liquor is served. This legislation was originally introduced during the previous General Assembly as Senate Bill 239, which received the support of the National Rifle Association, the Buckeye Firearms Association and .House Bill 45 will move to the House floor for a vote.