Ohio House approves looser gun laws

Ohio House approves looser gun laws

Ohio House members approved loosening the state’s gun laws during a marathon session Wednesday afternoon, including allowing most adults to carry a concealed weapon without a license and significantly cutting down training requirements to carry guns in schools. Under the legislation, anyone age 21 or older who is not otherwise prohibited from carrying concealed weapons could do so without a license — and any sort of legal weapon, not just a handgun. “Anyone currently prohibited from purchasing a firearm under Ohio or federal law will still be prohibited from purchasing or carrying a firearm under House Bill 227,” said cosponsor state Rep. Kris Jordan, R-Ostrander. His fellow cosponsor, state Rep. Thomas Brinkman, R-Mt. Lookout, said concealed carry training and licensing would still be available for those who want to carry across state lines. Gun rights groups hailed the vote. “Ohio is far behind other states in recognizing Ohioans’ right to freely carry firearms without a burdensome licensing process,” Dean Rieck, executive director of the Buckeye Firearms Association, said in a news release. “There is no other constitutional right where we tolerate so many barriers. In 21 other states, no licensing is required.” The bill also says people would not automatically have to notify law enforcement that they have a weapon in their vehicles when stopped by police, Brinkman said. Democrats denounced the bill and offered several amendments to soften it. Republicans voted them all down. “You know there’s only one thing you need to read about this bill. It’s […]

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