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Ohio Bill #HB315   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:House Bill 315
Type:Firearms Freedom Act
Requested Patriot Action: This bill was introduced in Ohio, October 16, 2009. This bill was assigned to the Commerce and Labor Committee. Contact all the members of this committee and encourage them to pass this bill out to the floor. Read More
Committees: Referred to Commerce & Labor Committee
Sponsors: House Sponsors:
Morgan (614) 644-8051
Martin (614) 644-6020

House Co-Sponsors:
Adams, J. (614) 466-1507
Adams, R. (614) 466-8114
Boose (614) 466-9628
Combs (614) 644-6721
Derickson (614) 644-5094
Evans (614) 466-1366
Hall (614) 466-2994
Hite (614) 466-3819
Huffman (614) 466-9624
Jordan (614) 644-6711
Mandel (614) 644-6041
Mecklenborg (614) 466-8258
Ruhl (614) 466-1431
Uecker (614) 466-8134
Wachtmann (614) 466-3760
Session Schedule: In Session 1/5/09 - 12/1/10 (est.)
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Date Introduced: 10/16/2009
Status:Awaiting Action in Commerce & Labor Committee
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Link to Bill history: Go to Bill history
Bill History: Introduced 10/16/09
Committee Assigned Commerce & Labor
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State constitution: Ohio State Constitution

Bill of Rights

§ 1.01 Inalienable Rights (1851)
All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.

§ 1.02 Right to alter, reform, or abolish government, and repeal special privileges (1851)
All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform, or abolish the same, whenever they may deem it necessary; and no special privileges or immunities shall ever be granted, that may not be altered, revoked, or repealed by the general assembly.

§ 1.03 Right to assemble (1851)
The people have the right to assemble together, in a peaceable manner, to consult for their common good; to instruct their representatives; and to petition the general assembly for the redress of grievances.

§ 1.04 Bearing arms; standing armies; military powers (1851)
The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.

§ 1.05 Trial by jury (1851, amended 1912)
The right of trial by jury shall be inviolate, except that, in civil cases, laws may be passed to authorize the rendering of a verdict by the concurrence of not less than three-fourths of the jury.

§ 1.06 Slavery and involuntary servitude (1851)
There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime.

§ 1.07 Rights of conscience; education; the necessity of religion and knowledge (1851)
All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations. Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to good government, it shall be the duty of the general assembly to pass suitable laws to protect every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to encourage schools and the means of instruction.
§ 1.11 Freedom of speech; of the press; of libels (1851)
Every citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of the right; and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech, or of the press. In all criminal prosecutions for libel, the truth may be given in evidence to the jury, and if it shall appear to the jury, that the matter charged as libelous is true, and was published with good motives, and for justifiable ends, the party shall be acquitted.


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