Bill introduced to allow Ohioans to carry guns without permit, background checks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.

“It would allow, anyone who is legally able to carry a firearm, to carry that firearm,” said Ken Hanson, attorney for Buckeye Association.

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.

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“The licensing classes take time and it is somewhat a bar to entry. There's certainly a segment of people,” Hanson said.

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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