Bill to allow concealed firearms without a license in Ohio clears Senate panel

Bill to allow concealed firearms without a license in Ohio clears Senate panel

Legislation to allow people in Ohio to carry concealed firearms without a permit shot past a state Senate committee on Tuesday. (Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer) The Plain Dealer COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on legislation to allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and no longer require them to notify law enforcement during proactively traffic stops that they’re armed. Senate Bill 215 cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday after hours of testimony, mostly in opposition to the measure. The Republican-sponsored bill comes after the Ohio House passed similar legislation last month ; should SB215 pass the Senate, it remains to be seen whether lawmakers would decide to send that bill or the House bill to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. Senate GOP spokesman John Fortney and Ohio Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee Chair Frank Hoagland, a Jefferson County Republican, said Tuesday it wasn’t yet clear whether the full Senate would vote on SB215 on Wednesday. The Senate and House bills both would allow anyone age 21 or older to carry a concealed firearm unless state or federal law prohibits them from possessing a gun. Ohio would become the 22nd state to allow conceal-carry in public without needing a license, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence . Ohio currently requires conceal-carry applicants to take eight hours of training and pass a background check. Both bills would also no longer require motorists to tell law enforcement about […]

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