Ohio panel OKs bill to allow guns in Capitol lot

By By ANN SANNER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers and visitors to the Capitol could leave guns in vehicles parked in the Statehouse garage under a bill before the state Senate.

The measure cleared a Senate committee Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate for a possible vote this week.

The bill would let gun owners leave weapons in their cars in the parking garages beneath the Statehouse and under a building that houses the governor's office and many legislators' offices.

Sen. Larry Obhof, who offered the amendment, said many Senate Republicans are gun owners who like hunting and shooting at ranges. The Medina Republican said it was "for convenience's sake," so gun owners didn't have to go home before their destination.

The measure is part of a bill updating Ohio's concealed weapons law.

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