130th Ohio General Assembly
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(124th General Assembly)
(Amended House Bill Number 442)



AN ACT
To amend section 2923.161 of the Revised Code to prohibit, in specified circumstances, the discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of any school building or of the boundaries of any school premises.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1. That section 2923.161 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 2923.161.  (A) No person, without privilege to do so, shall knowingly do either any of the following:

(1) Discharge a firearm at or into an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation of any individual;

(2) Discharge a firearm at, in, or into a school safety zone;

(3) Discharge a firearm within one thousand feet of any school building or of the boundaries of any school premises, with the intent to do any of the following:

(a) Cause physical harm to another who is in the school, in the school building, or at a function or activity associated with the school;

(b) Cause panic or fear of physical harm to another who is in the school, in the school building, or at a function or activity associated with the school;

(c) Cause the evacuation of the school, the school building, or a function or activity associated with the school.

(B) This section does not apply to any officer, agent, or employee of this or any other state or the United States, or to any law enforcement officer, who discharges the firearm while acting within the scope of the officer's, agent's, or employee's duties.

(C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or, in a school safety zone, or with the intent to cause harm or panic to persons in a school, in a school building, or at a school function or the evacuation of a school function, a felony of the second degree.

(D) As used in this section, "occupied structure" has the same meaning as in section 2909.01 of the Revised Code.

SECTION 2. That existing section 2923.161 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

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