Looser gun laws: Experts weigh in on Ohio bills

Looser gun laws: Experts weigh in on Ohio bills

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On Wednesday, members of the Ohio House of Representatives passed two controversial bills that would loosen restrictions on gun laws. House Bill 227 would allow any person 21 years or older, who has not been deemed unfit due to felonies or mental incapability, to carry a concealed weapon. The bill would also permit gun owners to forgo notifying police of their concealed weapons during traffic stops. House Bill 99 would allow K-12 school personnel to carry on school grounds with a minimum of 20 hours of training, instead of the nearly 700 hours that is currently required. Due to opposing ideas of what will best allow individuals to keep themselves and their families safe on a day-to-day basis, the bill has generated mixed reactions. “Well, first of all, I think passing a law allowing someone to carry not only a firearm, but if I understand it correctly, this applies to all concealed weapons — but especially firearms –without any training is not a good idea,” said Dr. Tom Hagel, a constitutional law expert and professor of law at the University of Dayton. However, Rob Sexton, legislative affairs director for Buckeye Firearms Association , said he feels law-abiding citizens should have the right to carry without needing to go through an extensive training process. “I think it’s important to remember when we talk about people who are criminals, basically, is they were already disobeying the current law,” he said. “They’re not suddenly going to say, ‘Gosh, […]

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