What a complete crock. I need to find the bill # to see how they define "hidden". I can think of lots of legit uses for hidden compartments other than moving drugs. I wanted to build sub floor storage compartments in the van for, electronics, cloths, camping gear, tools, engine fluids, etc.
This bill makes no sense... if you are moving that many drugs and get caught, what’s another felony? This wills not stop/prevent/curtail the transport of drugs at all. It just allows LE to charge people who are in possession of nothing unlawful with a felony and then they have to prove their innocents.
Posted: May 03, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Updated: May 03, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban hidden compartments in vehicles in an effort to crack down on drug trafficking.
The Senate passed the measure on a 30-2 vote Thursday. It now moves to the House.
The bill would prohibit altering a vehicle to create or add a hidden compartment. It would exempt dealer-installed compartments to address concerns from gun owners about its effect on special compartments used to secure legal firearms.
The State Highway Patrol says current law makes it tough for officers to pursue charges if they find such compartments but no drugs inside them. The bill would make that a felony.
Opponents of the bill say they're worried law-abiding citizens could be forced to spend time and money defending their innocence and their rights.