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For the first time ever you can mail in your support.

Simply print out our petition form, sign it, and mail it to:

Ohio Citizens for Home Rule Petition Intake
4410 Sussex Drive
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220

Restore Home Rule Act

Official Summary

The Restore Home Rule Act would amend Ohio Revised Code Section 9.68, which currently provides for uniform regulations regarding firearms across the state of Ohio. Among other things, this Act would

  • Repeal Section 9.68 of the Revised Code,
  • Allow pathway for municipalities to construct their own regulations regarding firearms, tightening or loosening them as necessary for the common welfare of such,
  • Permit rural municipalities to expand firearm access, and
  • Permit suburban municipalities to restrict firearm access.

The following persons are designated a committee to represent the petitioners in all matters relating to the petition or its circulation.

Kota Wharton

Citizens for Home Rule: Restore Home Rule Petition Committee Member

4410 Sussex Drive, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220


Upper Arlington High School Junior

Enthusiastic and research driven student at UAHS and Columbus State Community College.

Jennifer Scholl

Citizens for Home Rule: Restore Home Rule Petition Committee Member

7740 Kellsford Court, Columbus, Ohio 43245


Kyle MacLaughlin

Citizens for Home Rule: Restore Home Rule Petition Committee Member

1660 Cambridge Boulevard, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43212


Upper Arlington High School Junior
I study artificial intelligence, and plan to lead the robot uprising.
Full Text of Proposed Legislation

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Ohio that Section 9.68 of the Ohio Revised Code shall be amended to provide as follows:


New language is underlined, repealed language is struck through, and unchanged language is not underlined or struck through


9.68 Right to bear arms - challenge to law [REPEALED]

(A) The individual right to keep and bear arms, being a fundamental individual right that predates the United States Constitution and Ohio Constitution, and being a constitutionally protected right in every part of Ohio, the general assembly finds the need to provide uniform laws throughout the state regulating the ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition. Except as specifically provided by the United States Constitution, Ohio Constitution, state law, or federal law, a person, without further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process, may own, possess, purchase, sell, transfer, transport, store, or keep any firearm, part of a firearm, its components, and its ammunition.


(B) In addition to any other relief provided, the court shall award costs and reasonable attorney fees to any person, group, or entity that prevails in a challenge to an ordinance, rule, or regulation as being in conflict with this section.


(C) As used in this section:


(1) The possession, transporting, or carrying of firearms, their components, or their ammunition include, but are not limited to, the possession, transporting, or carrying, openly or concealed on a person's person or concealed ready at hand, of firearms, their components, or their ammunition.


(2) "Firearm" has the same meaning as in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code.


(D) This section does not apply to either of the following:


(1) A zoning ordinance that regulates or prohibits the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for residential or agricultural uses;


(2) A zoning ordinance that specifies the hours of operation or the geographic areas where the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms may occur, provided that the zoning ordinance is consistent with zoning ordinances for other retail establishments in the same geographic area and does not result in a de facto prohibition of the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for commercial, retail, or industrial uses.

Interested in Volunteering

It may be because you have empty time on your hands because you want to be apart of change, or because you need service hours; for whatever the reason please joining the amazing team of volunteers at Citizens for Home Rule by filling out our volunteer form below.

If you apply, you will be accepted*.

*Applicants who 1) are not United States citizens, 2) 18 years old, 3) 17 years old and will be 18 years old by November 6th, 4) will not have been a resident of the State of Ohio for at least 30 days, 5) have been incarcerated, 6) have been declared incompetent to vote by a probate court, 7) have been permanently disqualified for violating an election law, 8) are not register voters in the State of Ohio, and 9) do not give the Wharton Project permission to verify their voter status via https://ohiovoterproject.org/check-registration MAY NOT circulate the Citizens for Home Rule Restore Home Rule Act Petition. They are not however barred from being involved with other parts of action and from holding administrative roles regarding the Petition or its circulation.

What does it all mean?

In its simplest form: YOU (a citizenwill have a voice in determining policies regarding firearms that will impact YOU and YOUR city or village.

Click the following tabs to read the definitions of the terms used herein.

Municipalities Defined
Home Rule Defined
Municipalities Defined

Chapter 703.01 of the Ohio Revised Code clearly states that municipalities are cities (population of 5,000 persons or more) or villages (population 5,000 persons or less).

Home Rule Defined

“Home rule” power is a special authority granted to municipalities through Article XVIII §7 of the Ohio Constitution to “exercise thereunder all powers of local self government”.


Chapter 2924.11 §B 1of the Ohio Revised Code clearly states that a firearm is any deadly weapon*, loaded or unloaded that is operable or inoperable (but that can be rendered operable easily, that is capable of expelling or propelling projectile with use of an explosive or combustable propellant.

*"Deadly weapon" means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.