Emotions Flare Over Ohio Bill Eliminating Need For Concealed Gun Permits

Emotions Flare Over Ohio Bill Eliminating Need For Concealed Gun Permits

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Lisa Marie Pane / AP Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry," HB178, a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training. Amy Whitson, a trauma surgeon who teaches advanced trauma life support in Columbus, 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. State Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville), who’s sponsoring 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 replied by saying the lack of a permit would allow more people carrying weapons into places, such as schools. “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 a direct line,” Whitson says. But […]

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