Column: YES: Citizens will be unencumbered to help make our state safer

Column: YES: Citizens will be unencumbered to help make our state safer

Gun Rights

Tim Schmidt Hide caption The Ohio General Assembly is currently considering a bill that would allow law-abiding and responsibly armed Americans to carry concealed handguns without a permit. While there is a lot of noise in this debate, the facts here are simple. Joining 16 other U.S. states in allowing constitutional carry, and more law-abiding men and women to protect themselves and others, will make Ohio a safer place to live. Unfortunately, criminals — by definition — are all too willing and able to break the law. If a murderous maniac is intent on taking innocent lives, more failed anti-gun laws will have no impact on their actions. On the other hand, concealed carry permit holders are often the first line of defense in active shooter situations and continue to be among the most law-abiding citizens in the country. Despite what opponents of this legislation claim, allowing law-abiding Ohio residents to carry concealed weapons unencumbered by costly and time-consuming government requirements would simply make Ohio safer by allowing responsibly armed men and women to protect themselves, their families and their fellow citizens in the event a dangerous criminal decides to break the law. If responsibly armed Ohioans, who have already passed the vetting and background checks required to purchase a firearm, are willing to put their own lives on the line to protect their communities, more government regulations should not stand in their way. To the contrary, our government at all levels should be doing more to support responsibly […]

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