Concealed Carry Debate: Do Weak Permit Laws Lead To Increased Gun Violence?

Concealed Carry Debate: Do Weak Permit Laws Lead To Increased Gun Violence?

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Opponents testify against HB178, a bill to no longer require a permit or training to carry a concealed weapon. (Andy Chow | Statehouse News Bureau) < < Back to Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry,” HB178 , which allows people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training. Amy Whitson is a trauma surgeon who teaches advanced trauma life support in Columbus. She says she’s seen first-hand the serious and fatal effects of gun violence, through the patients to which she’s tended. “House Bill 178 would permit more people to carry out violent acts such as this,” says Whitson. The bill would allow permitless concealed carry, scrapping the state requirements for a person to receive eight hours of training and obtain a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon. Pro-gun groups have said this is an important constitutional issue , to allow someone to carry a concealed weapon without going through additional hurdles such as training. Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville), sponsor of the bill, takes issue with Whitson’s claim that it would mean more violence. “Can you explain to me or show me how in HB178, how it permits people to carry out violent acts?” Hood asks. Whitson replies, “So, by releasing needing a permit to carry a concealed weapon, more people will be able to carry concealed weapons into buildings and into schools and commit violent acts, it’s […]

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