Ohio lawmakers could vote next week to relax gun laws

Ohio lawmakers could vote next week to relax gun laws

Ohio lawmakers could vote as soon as next week to relax current gun laws by waiving training and permit requirements to carry concealed guns. CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Ohio lawmakers could vote as soon as next week to relax current gun laws by waiving training and permit requirements to carry concealed guns. If passed into law, House Bill 227 would make a concealed weapons permit optional, including the mandatory eight hours of training, and eliminate the current requirement that people promptly notify police officers they are carrying a concealed weapon. The primary sponsor of the bill is a local Republican lawmaker, Rep. Tom Brinkman of Mt. Lookout. The other sponsor is a Republican from Delaware County, Rep. Kris Jordan of Ostrander. “It’s our Second Amendment rights. Government is too restrictive. People deserve their rights,” Brinkman tells FOX19 NOW. “One just needs to look at the gun violence in the city of Cincinnati. The politicians run around in the city of Cincinnati and say ‘oh, violent crime is down,’ but it seems there is a shooting every other night,” said Brinkman, who failed to win a seat on Cincinnati City Council during last week’s election. “Law-abiding citizens need to be able to defend themselves. This levels that playing field. It’s not the guns that are the problem. It’s the bad people are using them with abandon.” Brinkman said the bill could be introduced to the House floor for a vote as soon as next week. If that happens, he confidently predicts […]

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