Bill sponsors: Ohioans have ‘God-given rights’ to carry guns

Bill sponsors: Ohioans have ‘God-given rights’ to carry guns

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Hide caption Carrying a concealed weapon should not require law-abiding Ohioans to leap through bureaucratic hoops and expose them to criminal convictions for exercising their “God-given rights,” say gun-rights supporters. State Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Tom Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, appeared before the House Federalism Committee on Wednesday morning to present their case for House Bill 174 . The measure would allow anyone age 21 or older, who is not prohibited by federal law from purchasing a handgun due to a felony conviction or other disqualifying factors, to carry a hidden gun without obtaining training or a permit. It also would permit Ohioans to legally carry other weapons, such as knifes, for self-defense. Ohio law now requires those who want to legally carry a hidden handgun to obtain a $67 permit from a county sheriff, pass a criminal background check and complete eight hours of training by a certified instructor. Ohioans also can openly carry firearms without a permit. Hood said he and other supporters of the bill, which include nearly half of the majority House Republicans, want to expand the ability of Ohioans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by carrying guns for self-defense. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine also supports the measure. The act of putting on a coat or jacket to conceal a handgun should not strip Ohioans of “their God-given rights as recognized in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Hood, who introduced his first “constitutional carry” bill in 1995. Hood recited a litany of […]

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