Ohio House To Vote On Bill Allowing Guns In Bars

UPDATED: Thursday May 12, 2011 7:39 AM

The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in bars and establishments that serve alcohol.

Under the proposed legislation, those carrying concealed weapons would not be allowed to drink alcohol.

Some lawmakers and restaurant owners have concerns about the law, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said the law is "just not common sense," adding that if guns are not allowed in the Ohio Statehouse, they should not be allowed in a bar.

The measure would also let some owners carry or transport a loaded handgun in a vehicle, regardless of whether it is secured in a holster or case.
The Republican-led House is also expected to vote on a bill that would allow people convicted of certain misdemeanor drug offenses to possess firearms. The measure comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
If the bills pass the House, they would go to the GOP-controlled Senate, which has already approved similar bills.

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