Law-abiding Ohioans age 21 and older could legally carry hidden firearms without getting a permit under a proposal introduced by House Republicans and supported by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.
Sixteen states allow that. But Ohioans who want to legally carry concealed firearms currently have to pass a background check, receive eight hours of training and get a permit.
Republican Reps. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Tom Brinkman, of Cincinnati, have tried repeatedly to change the law through so-called “constitutional carry” legislation that’s failed to pass.
The Fraternal Order of Police and anti-gun-violence activists oppose the idea.
The bill also would end a requirement that people carrying concealed weapons notify police of that if they’re stopped by officers.
Ohio already allows people to openly carry firearms without permits.
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